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Code of Ethics and Conduct as per the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

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DEFINITIONS

Ethics:
Guidelines or rules of conduct that govern our lives, work, behavior and communication in both public and private undertaking

Conduct:
The way we carry ourselves, behave in the public eye, do things, respond to situations, give instructions, obey rules and think of or perceive the needs of the other human beings

Code:
A body of rules of conduct which people with common interest, aspirations, objectives, goals, duties, activities and responsibilities have to adhere to all the time so long as they continue to remain in the profession, group or trade

The need for a code of ethics and conduct
A code of conduct is necessary for the following reasons:

  • Our society, employers, peers and workmates are genuinely concerned about our individual and organizational ethical behavior
  • Our work performance and standards can only be of manifestly acceptable quality and appreciable level if good rules of ethical conduct are not only obeyed but also seen in practice
  • Discipline can only be instilled in our behavior through a codified procedure. The surest way of disciplining errant members of a group is through a code of rules and conduct
  • A group of profession can only stand the test of time, defend itself and spread its influence if its members are ethically upright and steadfast in doing the right things, at the right time, in the right place, in the right way and at the right level of performance
  • The overall need for a code of conduct is that it will bring respect to, enhance recognition for, uphold discipline and harmony within the profession

Principles of ethical behavior
In carrying out their duties and responsibilities appertaining to work and the profession, members of KISM shall:

  • Be loyal to the employing organization (i.e. the employer)
  • Do justice to those with whom they deal with and interact
  • Be faithful to their profession
  • Abstain from temptations and acts that are harmful to themselves and members of the society or community

Do the right thing at the right time, in the right place, in the right way and at the right level of performance

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