Codes of Conduct

CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT for Members of the Board of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi)

The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2001) requires all State Bodies to develop and adopt of a “Code of Business Conduct” binding of all Members of the Board of the State Body. This is the first iteration of such a Code for the Board of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and it sets out in written form the agreed standards of principle and practice which inform the conduct of Members of the Board.

This Code will be considered a living document which will evolve as the organisation changes and develops and will be amended in line with changing needs, standards and expectations.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE

Members of the Board of OSi will, at all times, strive to perform their duties to the highest ethical standards. All dealings on behalf of the organisation will be underpinned by the principles of INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, LEGALITY, CONFIDENTIALITY and FAIRNESS.

SCOPE

The provisions of this Code of Business Conduct will apply to the Members of the Board in respect of their duties as members of the Board of Ordnance Survey Ireland or as Members of any of its Sub-Committees e.g. Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, etc.

BACKGROUND

OSi Act 2001

Ordnance Survey Ireland was established as a Body Corporate with effect from 4th March 2002 under the
provisions of the OSi Act 2001 which outlines certain obligations in relation to conducting the business of the organisation.

OSi’s Mission Statement

Ordnance Survey Ireland’s Mission is “excellence in providing quality mapping and geographic information services to meet society’s needs”.

Ethics Legislation

The positions of Members of the Board of Ordnance Survey Ireland are regarded as designated positions
prescribed under the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2002.

Board Standing Orders:

The Board of OSi developed and operates within a set of “OSi Board Standing Orders” to assist the
regulation of its affairs within both the necessary legislative obligations and a best practice
framework.

Download CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT for Members of the Board of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) document here.

COGNIZANCE HAS THEREFORE BEEN TAKEN OF ALL OF THE ABOVE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT FOR THE BOARD MEMBERS OF ORDNANCE SURVEY IRELAND.

ORDNANCE SURVEY IRELAND OSi “CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES”

Department of Finance’s “Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies” requires the adoption of a “Code of Business Conduct” binding on all Employees of State Bodies.  This document is the first iteration of a Code for OSi and should be viewed as a living document, which will evolve as the organisation changes and develops and will be amended in line with changing needs, standards and expectations.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE

The employees of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) will operate at all times to the highest ethical standards, both in relation to their dealings with the organisation’s customers and the organisation’s own employees. We will operate at all times in the best interest of the organisation and will be fair, transparent, accountable and honest in all matters.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

The general principles underlying this Code of Business Conduct, which applies to all employees of OSi irrespective of level or location are:

  • INTEGRITY
  • LOYALTY
  • LEGALITY
  • CONFIDENTIALITY
  • FAIRNESS

The central requirement is that we as employees of the organisation must all operate, and be seen to operate, to the very highest standards of business ethics.

Download Code of Standards and Behaviours for OSi Employees document here.