The following are the fundamental tenets that the ACi as a global community of investigation practitioners believes are integral to conducting effective corporate investigations.
With the laws, policies, procedures; aligns with organizational policies.
Need to know rule; protecting information about the witnesses, subjects, and the investigation.
Impartiality/without bias/procedural fairness (including timeliness): no determination of guilt or innocence.
Free from conflicts of interest/influence; ensuring investigations only instigated for just/ethical reasons; no self-serving interest; free from undue influence.
Honesty; consistent and uncompromising adherence to ethical and moral principles.
Evidence-led; guided by the facts; sound judgement.
Professionalism/ Trained or Qualified and/or Supervised/ Right Investigator/Expertise; following a methodical and planned process.
Resourcing and decisions commensurate with size/severity/complexity of task;
minimum level of intrusion/disruption; pursuing relevant lines of enquiry, in a timely manner.
Ensuring your actions do not cause injury or injustice to others; respecting dignity of all parties; protection from retaliation; in certain contexts, in line with the ‘Do No Harm’ principle.
Documenting steps and decisions to show where the facts came from;
accountability for any mistakes; no omission of material information; will
raise ethical concerns; updating parties as appropriate.