Prescient will conduct its business in full compliance with the laws of the United States and any other jurisdictions in which it operates and according to the highest ethical standards. Each Prescient employee, independent contractor, and/or representative shall adhere to the company’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Conduct; specifically:
Prescient, its employees, independent contractors, and representatives will comply with all applicable local and foreign laws and regulations. An illegal act that is considered a “customary business practice” in any country is not sufficient justification for violation of this provision.
Work Place Conduct
Prescient employees, independent contractors and representatives will act in a fair, honest and lawful manner in all business relationships with Clients, suppliers, employees, applicants, and community members. Fellow employees, customers, and external partners will be treated with respect.
Conflicts of Interest
All employees, independent contractors, and representatives will conduct themselves with the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and fair dealing to preclude real or perceived conflicts from personal interests. This includes any relationship or activity that might impair, or appear to impair, the ability to render objective and appropriate business decisions.
Charges to Clients
Only costs that are allowable and allocable to a contract under applicable law, Federal Acquisition Regulations or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles may be charged to Clients. Cost or pricing data shall be current, accurate, and complete.
Accurate and Daily Timekeeping
All employees will record time daily and accurately reflect time against authorized charge codes.
Financial Accounting, Records, and Communications
All documents will be prepared as completely, honestly, and accurately as possible. Disbursements of funds and receipts will be properly and promptly recorded.
Classified and Proprietary Information
All employees, independent contractors, and representatives will deal with sensitive information (including US Government classified information, Prescient proprietary information, and proprietary information of others) in the proper manner, both as a matter of national security and to assure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and contractual requirements. Unauthorized access, dissemination, acceptance, or handling of such material is prohibited.
International Business Practices
Prescient employees, independent contractors, and representatives will comply with the provisions and spirit of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prescient employees, independent contractors, and representatives shall not, directly or indirectly, offer, provide, or accept a bribe. All demands for bribes must be expressly rejected and reported. Bribery includes any offer, promise, or gift of any pecuniary or other advantage, whether directly or through intermediaries, to a public official, political party, political candidate or party official or any private sector employee, in order that the official or employee act or refrain from acting in relation to the performance of their duties, in order to obtain or retain business or other business advantage.
Prescient employees, independent contractors, and representatives shall not offer or make facilitating payments to government officials in order to encourage them to expedite a routine governmental task that they are otherwise required to undertake. Prescient recognizes that extortion is widespread and that participation by the business community increases demand for facilitating payments.
Business Courtesies and Kickbacks
Prescient will conduct business on the basis of quality, performance, and price without giving or accepting anything of value that could, in fact or in appearance, influence the outcome of a transaction or negotiation. A “kickback” is a particular form of bribe which takes place when a person entrusted by an employer or public function has some responsibility for the granting of a benefit and does so in a way that secures a return (kickback) of some of the value of that transaction or benefit for that person without the knowledge or authorization of the employer or public body to which the person is accountable.
Prescient employees, independent contractors, and representatives shall not make a political contribution in order to obtain an unlawful business advantage. Prescient and its officers, employees, and representatives shall comply with all public disclosure requirements.
Prescient employees, independent contractors or representatives may make contributions only for bona fide charitable purposes and only where permitted by the laws of the country in which the contribution is made. Contributions made in order to obtain an unlawful business advantage are prohibited.
Gifts, Hospitality, and Entertainment
Prescient and its officers, employees and representatives shall avoid the offer or receipt of gifts, meals, entertainment, hospitality or payment of expenses whenever these could materially affect the outcome of business transactions, and are not reasonable and bona fide expenditures, or are in violation of the laws of the country of the recipient.
Prescient employees, independent contractors, and representatives shall reject any direct or indirect request by a public official, political party, party official, or private sector employee, for undue pecuniary or other advantage, to act or refrain from acting in relation to their duties.
Prescient employees, independent contractors, and representatives who find themselves subjected to any form of extortion or who are asked to participate in any way in a bribery scheme shall promptly report these occurrences to senior corporate management, without fear that their employment will be adversely affected.
Employing and Recruiting Personnel
Prescient will comply with all applicable laws and regulations concerning employment and recruiting of personnel.
Communications and Training
Prescient will offer continuing education and compliance training in ethics policies for all officers and key employees involved in sales, marketing and procurement.
No Prescient employee, independent contractor or representative will suffer demotion, penalty, or other adverse consequences for not paying bribes even when Prescient may lose business as a result of the employee’s refusal to do so. Prescient will, where appropriate, sanction employees, suppliers or business partners for violations of this Code of Conduct.
Discrimination and Harassment
Prescient employees will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (to include orientation). Prescient will not tolerate harassment (sexual or workplace environment).
No employee, independent contractor, or representative shall knowingly misrepresent the condition or status of Prescient’s services. Prescient employees and independent contractors will ensure that all services provided to Clients meet or exceed contractual specifications.
Prescient maintains a Quality Control (QC) Policy, which is the measure and control implemented to assure an investigation was completed properly. Conducting QC is an integral part of the organization’s production process. Standard and consistent procedures ensure that prudent quality control measures have been established, implemented and the desired quality in our services is achieved. The purpose of the QC Policy is to ensure our organization meets the highest quality standards in research, analysis and reporting:
- Ensure accurate and relevant research is gathered from data sources
- Conduct objective analysis to discover and present any and all relevant information
- Provide clear and concise reporting of information that supports the clients’ decision making process
- Ensure services and deliverables are consistently performed and produced