It is Archdiocesan policy to require that all employees and independent contractors engaged by the Archdiocese will not use their position with the Archdiocese for undue personal advantage or in a manner that would create a conflict of interest. Employment by the Archdiocese carries with it a responsibility to be constantly aware of the importance of ethical conduct. Employees must refrain from taking part in, or exerting influence in, any transaction in which their own interests may conflict with the best interests of the Archdiocese. In connection with this policy, the following shall apply:
- There shall be no offer or exchange/solicitation or acceptance of payments, gifts, or other considerations in any form, directly or indirectly, other than those which have to do with the normal course of business and which follow open, legal, and authorized procedures with any person, firm or institution.
- Rejections, acceptances and/or exertion of influence of any kind shall not be tied to payments, gifts, credits, or favors in any form (e.g. vacations, expenses, loan endorsements, consultant fees), directly or indirectly by or to the employer or independent contractors.
The term “indirect” includes the offering or acceptance of such favors by a relative, associate or anyone acting on behalf of the employee or an independent contractor or by business entities acting for any of the aforementioned.
These rules do not preclude the offering or acceptance of birthday or Christmas remembrances, business luncheons or other gifts of nominal value (Not to exceed $50 individually or $250 in aggregate, gifts from all sources in calendar year).