ETHICS FOR CIVIL SERVICES
Values expected from the civil servants— human rights, social justice, the dignity and worth of the human person and respect for the equal rights of men and women and of nations great and small.
Civil servants should share the vision of their organisations. It is loyalty to this vision that ensures the integrity and national outlook ; a shared vision guarantees that they will place the interests of their organisation above their own and use its resources in a responsible manner.
Integrity includes all aspects of an civil servant’s behaviour, including such qualities as honesty, truthfulness, impartiality and incorruptibility. These qualities are as basic as those of competence and efficiency.
Impartiality which implies tolerance and restraint, particularly in dealing with political or religious convictions. This does not mean that civil servants have to give up their personal or political views or national perspectives. It does mean, however, that they must at all times maintain a broad national outlook and an understanding of the national community as a whole.
NOLAN COMMITTEES: SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC LIFE
- Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
- Integrity – Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
- Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
- Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Openness – Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
- Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and fulfil your duties and obligations responsibly; —always act in a way that is professional and that deserves and retains the confidence of all those with whom you have dealings.
Carry out your fiduciary obligations responsibly (that is make sure public money and other resources are used properly and efficiently);
deal with the public and their affairs fairly, efficiently, promptly, effectively and sensitively, to the best of your ability; keep accurate official records and handle information as openly as possible within the legal framework; and comply with the law and uphold the administration of justice, secular and democratic ideals,
Other Values eg. Universal values of
Dedication to work,
Devotion to Work,
A sense of Mission and Focus
Integrity and Honesty
Fearlessness and Courage
Spirit of Service and Sacrifice
Code of Ethics For Government Service in united states of america
- Person in Government service should put loyalty to the highest moral principals and to country above loyalty to Government persons, party, or department.
- Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.
- Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay; giving to the performance of his duties his earnest effort and best thought.
- Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.
- Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.
- Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.
- Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental duties.
- Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.
- Expose corruption wherever discovered.
- Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.