Committed to human rights
ICH supports the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Providing equal opportunity
ICH will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.
No forced or child labour
ICH will not use child or forced labour in its operations or in any such context.
Freedom of association and free speech
ICH recognises the right of its employees to collective bargaining, freedom of association and free speech.
Committed to environmental protection
ICH applies the precautionary principle and seeks to minimise the environmental impact of its activities. It will promote environmental responsibility.
In support of free enterprise
ICH will compete fairly and vigorously in its markets. The association will comply with anti-trust and competition laws throughout the world.
ICH will comply with applicable laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which it operates.
Protecting ICHs information and ideas
ICH employees will not disclose confidential data such as strategic plans, financial details, information about negotiations, agreements or dealings between ICH and others, employee-related information, trade secrets and similar information from partners or others.
In the course of their work for ICH, employees may become aware of material information about other companies which is not available to the public. The use of material non-public information by employees for their own financial benefit or that of a spouse, relative or friend is against ICH policy and a breach of the law.
Corruption & Frauds
It is ICHs policy to require that ICHs staff observe the highest standards of ethics and not engage in corrupt practice, meaning of offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of any thing of value to manipulate the action of public or other officials in order to influence a selection process or the execution of contracts.
No political contributions
ICH will make no contributions or payments to political candidates or movements. Nevertheless, the association will engage in public debate on issues which are of legitimate concern to it. ICH acknowledges the right of employees to run for public office and to be politically active.
Gifts and other payments within limits
ICH will not accept or offer gifts, gratuities, entertainment or favours unless they are of nominal value and are normal and customary in the business circumstances.
Making bribes, kickbacks or other improper payments to government officials, civil servants or anyone else in order to influence them is prohibited.
The fact that bribery may be an accepted local practice in a country does not relieve ICH of its duty to comply with this policy.
Avoiding conflicts of interest
ICH employees have the right to engage in business, financial and other activities outside their jobs at ICH. However, these activities must be communicated to management and must not conflict with the employee’s responsibilities at ICH.