This code is a Policy document that applies to every member of staff at AB Offshore Marine Services Limited as well as those delivering services on our behalf and our suppliers. Throughout this code, each reference to ‘Staff’ refers to everyone including the Board of Directors, employees, contractors, consultants, agents, subcontractors, vendors/suppliers, and other entities that do business with AB Offshore.
All Staff of AB Offshore are required to read, understand, and familiarize themselves with this code in its entirety. For the purpose of this Policy, reference to AB Offshore Policies includes any procedures, policies, and guidelines.
Failure of any staff to intimate themselves and stay informed of the contents of the code or AB Offshores’ policies would not justify a breach.
It is important that all staff understand that:
- No-one in AB Offshore has the authority or right to order, request or influence you to violate this code. Therefore, any violation of this code for any reason, even at the request of another person, including the supervisor would not be excused.
- Any retaliation or threat of retaliation against any person for refusing to violate this code or for reporting in good faith a violation or suspected violation of this code is itself a violation and may be a breach of law.
- Any reported violation of this code should be investigated, and every actual violation could constitute a basis for disciplinary action involving the person violating this code up to and including termination.
- Violations could result in civil or criminal action against that person; and
- Any member of staff, who acts contrary to AB Offshore code, engages in retaliation, or who knowingly gives a false report regarding a violation of our code, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
Reportable incidents are defined as any adverse, confrontation or action that results in property damage, injuries, aggressive physical contact, or verbal threats of bodily harm involving any AB Offshore member of Staff or client that are directly part of or a witness of.
We are committed to delivering outstanding quality service with integrity and accountability and to provide satisfaction and value to all stakeholders, while remaining mindful and respectful of the environment. We will do this through innovation and by continuously improving our procedures, practices, and control.
AB Offshore Marine Services Limited is committed to complying with the letter of all laws, regulations, codes, and contractual obligations to which AB Offshore is subject to. All business should be conducted in a manner that evidences a strong commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
In adhering to AB Offshores’ code, all members of staff must be aware of the applicable laws and regulations that apply to the AB Offshores business affairs. Each member of staff has an obligation to familiarize themselves with the laws and regulations that are applicable to his or her job duties, and to adhere always to these requirements. Members of staff should remember that different locales may have different laws and regulations. When there is any question or uncertainty regarding these requirements, it should be incumbent upon each member of staff to seek guidance from supervisors or managers as required.
Ethical Decision Making
AB Offshore believes that all members of staff will be guided to the right decisions by their own personal values, discretion, and good judgment, as it is not always easy to determine the ethical thing to do in a business or operational situation.
All members of staff are expected to consider how their behavior and actions affect the integrity, credibility, and reputation of the company.
If any member of staff encounters a situation and is not sure of the appropriate course of action, they are expected to always discuss the issue with their supervisor or manager.
Reporting Violations of the Code
All staff and applicable third parties with knowledge of a violation of the code or the laws and regulations governing the business are expected to promptly report such violations to their manager or Supervisor.
If any member of staff has good reason to believe or suspect that a violation of the code or the laws and regulations governing the business has occurred, or if they are asked to violate the code or an applicable law or regulation, they should not remain silent. They should report such violations or suspected violations as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, failure to promptly report may itself violate the code.
Any supervisor or other representative receiving a report concerning a known or suspected violation of an applicable law or the code is expected to promptly report the matter to higher management and take further action as may be directed.
Accountability for Upholding the Code
All members of staff are responsible for adherence to the standards of conduct set forth in this code and for raising questions if they are concerned that these standards are not being met.
If someone approaches any member of staff with a question or concern relating to this code, they should listen carefully and ask for clarification and additional information to ensure that they fully understand the question or concern. They should answer any question that they can, but not feel that they must provide an immediate response. AB Offshore members of staff are expected to seek help, if necessary, before responding.
Statement of Conformance to ISO 18788 and PSC.1-2012
AB Offshore Marine Services Limited is committed to providing high-quality services to all clients in a manner that complies with applicable national and international laws, and protects the safety, security, human rights, and fundamental freedoms of all internal and external stakeholders, including company staff, clients, third parties that act on behalf of the company, suppliers, and the environment where the company operates.
AB Offshore Marine Services Limited has developed and implemented a set of policies, procedures, and controls that incorporates and conforms to the principles and values of applicable international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and customary international law, to ensure the company conforms to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 Management System for Quality of Private Security Operations and ISO 18788:2015 Management System for Private Security Operations. This system supports the objectives of the Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States Related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies During Armed Conflict and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.
With the full support of top management, AB Offshore shall implement policies, procedures, and controls that demonstrate and document our commitment to compliance with all laws and respect for human rights.
AB Offshore requires and expects that all staff, subcontractors, and anyone else acting on its behalf comply with all applicable human right laws and obligations, as well as other applicable laws, as set forth in this Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
Top Management recognizes that respect for human rights is a core business value and shall communicate and reinforce the SOMS throughout the company and to all relevant stakeholders.
Creating a Safe and Secure Workplace for AB Offshore Staff
AB Offshore is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment free from threats, violence, harassment, and discrimination. Respecting others and performing with excellence creates opportunities to achieve success in the workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination
AB Offshore is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and staff in accordance with appropriate national laws in the countries in which it operates and through sound employee relations practices. AB Offshore shall only hire lawfully eligible workers.
Each applicant and prospective employee shall be considered on individual merit, without discrimination as to race, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.