Cratus Communications operates primarily within the world of local government; when it is necessary for the company to engage with members of or the bodies making up national government and any or all institutions associated with it all staff will abide by the rules, codes and practices of that particular institution.
When interacting with any local government body, councillor, officer or member of the public the company will at all times declare on whose behalf they are making representations. Before any interaction occurs Cratus will work to verify the accuracy of all information given by a client and the wider project team before any communication is made with members of the public. Such verification will also take place on an ongoing basis throughout the lifetime of a project.
The company will not undertake any form of planning communications work within a local authority area should one or more members of staff be serving that authority as a councillor.
Furthermore, should a member of staff hold responsibility for a cabinet/executive portfolio within an authority, then the company will not undertake work within the boundaries of that authority.
Any member of staff or board member who holds public office will fully comply with the requirements set down by the relevant authority to maintain and update a register of interests. As such, their position with Cratus would be detailed on any register of interests maintained in relation to their public office, and would be available for public inspection. In addition, they would declare any interests (and act accordingly) in relation to Cratus and its clients if and when they arose when acting in their public office capacity, in accordance with any Code of Conduct and related such provisions that apply to that role.
Furthermore, in the circumstances that a former government minister holds a role with Cratus, this will be approved by the Government’s Office of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments prior to commencement and will be subject to the conditions set down at the time of approval being granted, along with any subsequent conditions that may apply. This requirement has applied in the case of the non-executive director of Cratus who is a former government minister, with details available for inspection on the website of the Office of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
A list of clients for whom Cratus has worked or is working for currently will be published both on our website and entered on to the UK Public Affairs Council list.
Prior to formally undertaking any work for a client, the company will supply a copy of this code of ethics to them and ask the client to support the company in its commitment to abide by its provisions. In particular, we ask clients to ensure that neither they nor Cratus are compromised (or could reasonably be perceived to be compromised) in their work. We also ask clients to ensure that they inform the company at the earliest opportunity if any conflict (or reasonably perceived conflict) could arise.
The company will ensure all members of staff complete and keep up-to-date their personal declaration of interest forms. All members of staff will act in such a way as to ensure this company code of ethics is abided by, as well as sign and abide by the separate code of conduct.