WPEG's Code of Conduct
WPEG’s CODE OF CONDUCT
(Taken and adapted from EGBC Regulation of Firms - Permit to Practice Manual V 1.1, June 09, 2021)
ACT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
- We are committed to holding public safety and the protection of the environment paramount in all work we undertake for clients.
- Through our health and safety program, we are committed to keeping our people and our workplaces safe and healthy. We expect our employees to follow our program to keep themselves, clients, colleagues, and others safe and healthy in the workplace.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
- We work only in areas where our employees have the required education, training, and experience, or where we have access to others with the required expertise to carry out the work safely and effectively.
- We maintain and expand the limits of our expertise by providing opportunities and supporting our employees in maintaining competency and growing their expertise and competence
FOLLOW THE LAW
- We act within the laws of jurisdictions where we carry out work.
- We compete fairly and never try to unduly influence public officials to secure a project.
- We expect our employees to: be aware of and knowledgeable in common law, legislation, codes, and regulations that apply to work they undertake for us; and know and meet all regulatory and statutory requirements applicable to their work
FOLLOW THE STANDARDS OF GOVERNMENT AND ENGINEERS AND GEOSCIENTISTS BC
- We expect our employees to be familiar with and apply all applicable standards, professional practice guidelines, practice advisories, and regulations published or issued by government or their professional regulator.
MAINTAIN YOUR COMPETENCE
- We recognize the value of continuing education and training to sustain and grow our corporate competencies.
- We support the development and training of our employees through our continuing education program.
- We support the development of our employees who are trainees, to help them advance to become professional registrants.
- We provide opportunities for our people to advance and grow in their professions and careers.
STATE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS ACCURATELY
- Our reputation is based on the integrity and expertise of our employees.
- We expect our employees, as modelled by our leaders, to make statements that are supported by fact. Simply put, we expect all employees to tell the truth when communicating with clients, colleagues, and the public.
- Proposals, qualifications, resumes, and other marketing materials must be written accurately and reviewed to accurately reflect our qualifications and experience and that of our employees.
DISTINGUISH FACTS FROM ASSUMPTIONS AND OPINIONS
- Documents that we prepare must clearly identify facts, assumptions, and opinions.
- We expect that opinions stated by our professionals will be based on sufficient knowledge and honest belief in that opinion.
- Opinions stated by our professionals must be objective and independent, focus on the facts of the issue, and avoid being biased due to political, economic, or other factors.
NO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
- Conflicts of interest occur when an employee has, or is perceived to have, a competing obligation or interest that may potentially influence their actions or decisions for one of our clients or for our firm.
- On becoming aware of a real or perceived conflict of interest affecting a client or WPEG, employees must disclose the conflict of interest immediately to their manager and take any needed steps to address the case
- To avoid real or perceived obligations to others that others, employees must not accept gifts, lunches, tickets, or other items exceeding a value of CAD$100.00 when representing or carrying out work for our firm.
DUTY TO REPORT
- We understand that we have a legal and ethical duty to report when we have reasonable and probable grounds to believe that professional practice or work might pose a risk of significant harm to the environment or to the health or safety of the public.
- We understand that we have a duty to report if we terminate, suspend, or dissolve a partnership with a Trainee or Professional Registrant, because of activities, practices, or work we believe: poses a risk of significant harm to the environment or to the health or safety of the public; is illegal or unethical; or indicates incompetence, negligence, or unprofessional conduct.
- We support our professionals in fulfilling their duty to report.
- We provide our employees with a means to anonymously report illegal, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate conduct by other employees.
- We protect employee whistleblowers who are acting in good faith from retaliation from the Firm, its leaders, and other employees.
STAND YOUR GROUND
- We support our professionals and their advice and recommendations to clients.
- We expect our professionals to stand their ground and communicate in writing the consequences of not following their professional advice and recommendations.
EACH PROFESSIONAL IS RESPONSIBLE
- Professional reports, drawings, and other deliverables must always identify those taking professional responsibility for each practice area.
- Each professional must be familiar with use of seal or authentication requirements specified by their regulator and our internal professional practices.
- We expect leaders and employees to give credit when credit is due, and to respect the copyright and trademarks of other firms and practitioners.
WORK DILIGENTLY AND FOLLOW STANDARDS OF DOCUMENTATION
- We pride ourselves in the quality of work we deliver to clients. We expect every employee to work diligently to deliver products and services that meet all requirements and suit the purpose for which they have been created
- Records are fundamental to proof that we have met all requirements and fulfilled all professional, contractual and the firm’s obligations. All employees must retain required records in keeping with regulatory and statutory requirements; our records management program; and our associated policies, procedures, and systems
FAIRNESS, COURTESY, AND GOOD FAITH
- Our reputation and ongoing success are built on honesty and integrity.
- We respect and value diversity and strive to create a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and free of harassment for all employees.
- We conduct business with fairness, courtesy, and good faith. We expect employees to be courteous, respectful, polite, and considerate with clients, colleagues, members of the public, and others.