CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Updated September 2013
H1 In the interests of performing their work with integrity and sincerity and in accordance with generally- accepted norms of professional conduct, members of SAIMM are obliged to:
H1.1 Uphold the dignity and standing of their respective professions and the objectives of the Institute.
H1.1.1 Members of SAIMM should endeavour, through their behaviour, to elicit the highest esteem of all communities. Thus, a member shall not:
H18.104.22.168 Be involved in any business or professional practice that is of a fraudulent or dishonest nature.
H22.214.171.124 Conceal unethical acts.
H126.96.36.199 Continue in a partnership, nor act in any professional matters with any person who has been removed from the Institute’s membership due to unprofessional conduct.
H1.2 Have due regard for the welfare, safety and health of the general public and the environment in all activities.
H1.2.1 To this end members of SAIMM shall:
H.188.8.131.52 Work to acceptable technological standards and in a manner so as to not jeopardise public welfare, safety or health.
H184.108.40.206 Endeavour at all times to maintain technological services essential to public welfare
H220.127.116.11 Endeavour to promote public well-being and, should their judgement be over-ruled, strongly object and inform their employer or client of any possible consequences.
H18.104.22.168 Contribute to debate on scientific and technological issues in their areas of competence in order to further public understanding and well-being.
H1.3 Discharge their duties to employers and/or clients effectively and competently, with fidelity and honesty as well as respect their employer’s confidentiality.
H1.3.1 Members of SAIMM shall:
H22.214.171.124 Avoid all known or potential conflicts of interest at all times.
H126.96.36.199 Be impartial, when administering a contract, in its interpretation.
H188.8.131.52 Not accept compensation from more than one party for services rendered on a contract unless disclosed to and agreed by all interested parties.
H184.108.40.206 Disclose to their employer or client, in writing any interest, financial or otherwise, which they may have in a company, organisation or person related to the work for which they have been employed.
H220.127.116.11 Disclose details of royalties or any other benefits which may accrue to them arising from the work for which they are responsible.
H18.104.22.168 Not solicit payment from suppliers of materials and equipment for specifying their particular products.
H22.214.171.124 Not solicit nor accept gratuities nor commissions from contractors, agents or other parties employed by their employer or client in connection with the work for which they are responsible unless authorised, in writing, by their employer or client
H126.96.36.199 Advise their employer or client where, as a result of their studies, they believe that a project is not viable.
H188.8.131.52 Not use nor disclose confidential information gained in the course of employment without the expressed, written permission of the employer or client
H1.4 Only undertake work that they have been adequately trained for, have the necessary experience of, and are therefore competent to perform.
H1.4.1 To this end the Institute requires members to:
H184.108.40.206 Inform their employer or client and make recommendations for obtaining further advice if an assignment requires qualifications and experience beyond their field of competence.
H220.127.116.11 Refrain from describing themselves, nor permit themselves to be described as, nor act as consultants unless they are prepared to occupy a position of professional independence and design and supervise works and act as an unbiased independent adviser.
H1.5 Strictly avoid advertising their professional services in a self-laudatory way or in a manner that would undermine the dignity of the Institute.
H1.5.1 Members of SAIMM should avoid improper conduct for personal gain. Thus, members shall:
H18.104.22.168 Only approach prospective employers and clients with due regard to their professional independence and this Code of Professional Conduct.
H22.214.171.124 Neither pay, nor offer, inducements for work.
H.5.1.3 Promote the principle of engagement on merit.
H126.96.36.199 Not misrepresent their own nor their associates’ qualifications, experience and previous responsibilities.
H188.8.131.52 Exercise restraint when explaining their work.
H184.108.40.206 Not unfairly criticise the work of others.
H220.127.116.11 Give credit for professional work to those to whom it is due.
H18.104.22.168 Properly use circumspect advertising to announce their practice and availability.
H1.6 Refrain from malicious or negligent conduct that would injure the professional reputation or business of others.
H6.1.1 The conduct of members of SAIMM shall never lead to the downfall of others.
H1.7 Comply with the Constitution of the Institute and, where applicable, those of legislated Codes of Professional Conduct.
H1.7.1 Members of SAIMM shall:
H22.214.171.124 Inform themselves of the laws and regulations governing the minerals industry in Southern Africa.
H126.96.36.199 Practice their profession in accordance with this Code of Professional Conduct.