B:SM, a Barcelona City Council public company, has been working since its creation to harmonise the features which characterise public-integrity and good-governance models and does its utmost day after day to strengthen these, only too aware of the responsibility it takes on at the service of the community.
The drafting and approval of the Code of Ethics came from the wish to establish an ethical infrastructure covering everything from the basic legal and institutional instruments at the community’s disposal to a whole series of features making up our institution’s system of integrity: leadership and ethical organisational culture, transparency and accountability and mechanisms for detecting and responding to improper conduct, among other things. In this regard, the B:SM Code of Ethics is becoming a benchmark guide for the conduct expected of professionals in the exercise of their duties and relations with stakeholders and acts as the keystone in the system for ensuring integrity.
We need to be aware, however, that the drafting of the Code of Ethics is no guarantee in itself that the desired conduct will automatically occur. A whole series of ongoing internal and external information, training and awareness-raising initiatives need to be deployed.
Hence, among other examples, the creation of the Code of Ethics Committee, as a body for supervising and monitoring its implementation and compliance with the code as well as proposing updates, to ensure the Code of Ethics is aligned with any new needs and requirements that may arise given the dynamics of the institution and the social and economic context.
The B:SM Code of Ethics aims to play more than a merely declarative role, to become a real and direct application tool, and in this regard, besides establishing an automatic opt-in system, it envisages a system for monitoring and taking action, where necessary, in response to any breaches.
The B:SM Code of Ethics takes as its benchmark the Spanish Constitution, the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia and the rest of the State’s legal framework; the United Nations Global Pact; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Guidelines of the OECD; the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Recommendation No. R (2000)10 on Codes of Conduct for Public Officials adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the European Council of May 2011; the United Nations Convention against Corruption of October 2003; Act 19/2013, of 9 December, on Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Governance, and the Human Factor Foundation’s Manifesto of 30 April 2013.