Policies

Management of Impartiality Policy

"In accordance with the firm’s quality control manual on impartiality and objectivity we declare that we are fully committed to the principle of impartiality. We are also committed to address conflict of interest threats and circumstances that could impair our impartiality."

Extracted from the SANAS R47-02 Document: (Definition and threats to impartiality)

"Impartiality is the actual and perceived presence of objectivity. Objectivity means that conflicts of interest do not exist or are resolved so as not to influence adversely the subsequent activities of the BEE Verification Agency. Synonyms that are useful in conveying the element of impartiality are: objectivity, independence, freedom from conflicts of interest, freedom from bias, lack of prejudice, neutrality, fairness, open-mindedness, even-handedness, detachment and balance.

Threats to impartiality include:

  • Self-interest threats – threats that arise from a person or enterprise acting in their own interest, for example financial self-interest
  • Self-review threats – threats that arise from a person or enterprise reviewing the work done by themselves, for example evaluating the BEE compliance of a measured entity to whom the BEE Verification Agency provided consultancy
  • Familiarity (or trust) threats – threats that arise from a person or body being too familiar with or trusting towards another person instead of seeking evaluation evidence on which to base the verification conclusion.
  • Intimidation threats – threats that arise from a person or enterprise having a perception of being coerced openly or secretively, such as a threat to be replaced or reported to a supervisor”