It is the policy of GMS Intercert Services to operate its business in accordance with the guiding principles of impartiality, competence, responsibility, openness, confidentiality and responsiveness. GMS Intercert Services views the safeguarding of impartiality as paramount in maintaining confidence. GMS Intercert Services senior management has established and promoted an impartiality policy with associated objectives on which GMS Intercert Services certification service will be based.
A relationship that threatens GMS Intercert Services’s impartiality can be based upon ownership, governance, personnel, shared resources, finances, contracts, marketing and payment of a sales commission or other inducement for the referral of new clients etc.
All Directors, staff and sub-contractors are required to complete and sign the Compliance with Conflict of Interest Policy.
GMS Intercert Services’s top management are committed to impartiality in its management system certification activities, and has appointed an independent Impartiality Committee. In any event representation of a balance of interests shall be such that no single interest will be allowed to predominate at any convening thereof.
The Committee safeguards the impartiality of GMS Intercert Services with duties and responsibilities that include.
- Assisting in developing policies relating to impartiality of certification activities
- Counteracting any tendency to allow commercial or other considerations to prevent the consistent, objective provision of certification activities
- Advising on matters affecting confidence in certification, including openness and public perception
- Conducting a review, at least annually, of the impartiality of the audit, certification and GMS Intercert Services decision making processes
The Impartiality Committee has ultimate authority for matters relating to GMS Intercert Services impartiality and to maintaining integrity of the certification process.