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ROCK Integrity & Investigation | Integrity

INTEGRITY

INTEGRITY

For any organization, acting with integrity means being consistent with its values and principles. Integrity is the cornerstone of trust.

Integrity is the key success factor for sustainable growth, as integrity lapses can materially damage an organization’s reputation and its ability to attract talent, business and funding.

Our integrity services aim at helping organizations in fostering a culture of integrity supported by the adequate procedural framework. It starts at the top of the organization, with its governance bodies, and cascades down to operational processes.

GOVERNANCE

We ensure our client’s governance framework allows them to make sensitive decisions in compliance with applicable regulations and in line with their stated purpose.

what we do

OPERATIONS

We ensure our clients’ operating processes allow them to meet their business objectives while fostering a culture of integrity and avoiding misconducts.

what we do

Case study - Governance
Challenge
A large multinational company (3,000+ employees across 30+ countries) was operating with an outdated Code of Conduct as a result of multiple incremental changes over the past 10+ years.

Request
The Chief Compliance Officer (the Client) asked for support with the drafting of a new Code, using a new content structure to be based on input from internal stakeholders.

Solution
Based on the structure provided by the Client,
  • we interviewed 15+ internal contributors across key functions (HR, IT, Safety, Environment, Legal, etc.);
  • we benchmarked content, section by section, with codes of conduct of relevant peers and best-in-class organizations;
  • we drafted every section, made recommendations to adjust the structure and submitted drafts for validation to internal contributors.
Outcome
In five weeks from start to finish, the final draft of the Code of Conduct was ready for layout and translation, before being released by the Company. The Client was able to focus on day-to-day issues rather than managing the project, collecting input and drafting the document.
Case study - Operations
Challenge
A large Swiss foundation required additional funding from institutional donors to fuel its development of UN SDG-related projects. Potential donors conditioned funding to specific requirements in terms of control over the use of funds in procurement and sub-granting activities.

Request
The Head of Fundraising (the Client) asked us to design and implement adequate procurement and sub-granting processes meeting donor requirements.

Solution
After a review of the Foundation’s existing operations and procedural framework:
  • we drafted a procurement and sub-granting policy including features such as threshold for competitive selection, sanctions check, conflict of interest disclosures, codes of conducts for vendors and grant recipients;
  • we assisted the Foundation’s team in the creation of operational processes, relying on existing IT systems, to implement the new policies, as well as trainings on how to comply with such policies.
Outcome
The Foundation was able to demonstrate a much higher level of internal control and ability to comply with requirements of sophisticated donors. The amount of funding raised increased over the following years.