Our Code of Ethics
The corporate values of Volga-Dnepr Group are most closely reflected in the Code of Work Ethics which was adopted in 2012 and since then has been obligatory for all employees, members of our Board of Directors, consultants, contractors, and suppliers of the Group.
The Code of Work Ethics is one of the most important corporate documents of the Group. In 2015, we also adopted the new version of the employment contract, where all the core values of corporate culture are contained, and started the process of contract renegotiating with staff.
Each employee takes mandatory training, knows the contents and principles contained in the Code and strictly follows them in real life. Volga-Dnepr Group requires a similar approach from its counterparties. They must attest in writing the fact that they have familiarised themselves with the Code and confirm their readiness to abide by all of its provisions. This helps minimise financial, reputational and other risks, improves the Group's image among its customers, increases labour efficiency and discourages corruption.
The Group pays particular attention to the openness and transparency of communications, creating an atmosphere conducive to frank interaction of the employees and management. For this purpose, a special hotline operates, where employees, including anonymously, have the possibility to report all violations of laws and rules set forth in the Code. An immediate and thorough investigation of such cases is the responsibility of the Work Ethics Division.
Volga-Dnepr Group employees are obliged to abide by gifts and hospitality provisions. Employees of the Group are prohibited to give or accept gifts in the form of cash, shares, or other securities. It is prohibited to present gifts to public servants, except where permitted by applicable law and agreed with the Work Ethics Division. The gifts obtained by employees valued above the limit are sold at auction, with the proceeds channelled to charity.
In the Group of Companies, we also created the Ethics Committee composed of senior managers. Its main purpose is to create and continuously improve the mechanism of responding to the emergence of conflicts related to the violation of ethical norms and rules of doing business.
The basis of ethical behaviour is strict compliance with the law. However, the Code sets even higher corporate standards than those prescribed by law. In terms of relationships between the company and employees, it provides for:
- recognition and observance of human rights;
- equal employment opportunity;
- compliance with all applicable requirements and standards in the field of working time and rest period regulation, as well as remuneration;
- compliance with law in matters of health and safety;
- implementation of the Group’s policy of accident prevention and safety management;
- responsibility of the Group’s leaders for compliance with the Code, ensuring labour discipline;
- ban on unacceptable behaviour;
- fraud prevention;
- respect for the principles of confidentiality, information security requirements;
- prevention of conflict of interest.
In terms of relationships between the company and society, the Code provides for:
- combating corruption, bribery and commercial bribery;
- fighting against money-laundering;
- banning gifts in the form of cash, shares and other securities;
- compliance with antimonopoly laws and promoting fair competition;
- preventing fraudulent conduct;
- compliance with state control requirements;
- transparency of financial reporting: full, fair, accurate and timely disclosure of financial results and financial standing through financial transactions and keeping fiscal and tax accounting;
- environmental protection: the Group considers the activities in this area as an integral part of its business in the short and long term.