THE CODE OF CONDUCT
GFA Consulting Group derives its code of conduct from the company`s vision, mission, and core values. The company’s most critical asset is its professional credibility and the international recognition it enjoys as a dependable partner for its clients. GFA stands for a distinctly customer-oriented approach, supplying services and products with the highest ethical standards and professional integrity. This is how the company inspires confidence and trust in all of its partners. Numerous clients have entrusted GFA to catalyze change that initiates improvements in quality of life and leads to sustainable solutions at the individual, organizational and system level. The GFA Code of Conduct complies with internationally accepted ethical standards of corporate governance and competitive practices, such as the FIDIC Code of Ethics and the United Nations’ Global Compact Principles. > GFA CODE OF CONDUCT AND INTEGRITY (English, PDF)
GFA HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY
GFA’s diligent adherence to human rights derives from our vision of sustainable and inclusive development in our partner countries, and the company’s core values. We undertake to respect and observe human rights in all our business activities. In the course of our project work we provide advice to help people better understand their rights and enable them to demand these from third parties and the state.
> GFA HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY (English, PDF)
GFA SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
GFA does not tolerate sexual violence or sexual harassment in the workplace. In this regard, article 3 IV of the Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG; General law on equal treatment) already provides appropriate regulations, which apply to all employees. GFA considers it important to protect all members of staff and experts* from sexual harassment, including those not under the jurisdiction of the AGG.
> GFA SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY (English, PDF)
GFA GENDER POLICY
We at GFA are committed to promote gender equality, to support the elimination of structural inequalities, unequal treatment and discrimination within our company and in our projects worldwide. Gender equality and non-discrimination are fundamental human rights and crucial for sustainable and peaceful development. By applying gender equality and promoting the integration of a gender-transformative approach in our projects, we comply with our client´s policies and contribute to international and national commitments and strategies in our partner countries. > GFA GENDER POLICY (English, PDF)
GFA HIV/AIDS POLICY
GFA Consulting Group recognizes the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on the workplace. Therefore, GFA has established an HIV/AIDS workplace program, which ensures a consistent and equitable approach to the prevention of HIV/AIDS among employees and their families. This policy complies with existing laws on discrimination, working conditions, health and safety, and with the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS. > GFA HIV/AIDS POLICY (English, PDF)
FAMILIES IN MIND
As a responsible, medium-sized company GFA creates incentives to balance career and family. Highly qualified staff members are GFA’s greatest asset. Their satisfaction with the company’s working environment is vital to GFA’s capacity to serve its clients. GFA strives to be a role model in this context. Flexible working hours allow employees to work from home and facilitate part-time arrangements. GFA’s corporate policy eases parents’ return to the workplace, providing them the opportunity to return to work gradually after a parental leave by allowing for flexible working hours. In 2019, GFA applied to the "Initiative der Hamburger Allianz" of the City of Hamburg as a family-friendly company. With success - we can now carry the Hamburg family seal. (...)
> GFA FAMILIES IN MIND POLICY (English, PDF)
GFA SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT POLICY
GFA is committed to operate the offices at its headquarters in Hamburg in a sustainable manner. Sustainable procurement is understood as the adoption and integration of corporate responsibility principles into procurement processes and decisions. Accordingly, all goods and services needed for sustainable office operations shall be purchased with sustainability criteria in mind. > GFA SUSTAINABILITY PROCUREMENT POLICY (English, PDF)
GFA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
GFA Consulting Group derives its Environmental Policy from the company`s vision, mission, and core values. We commit to manage the overall impacts of our business operations on the environment in a responsible way. We continually monitor environmental performance and aim to improve environmental impacts. We comply with and exceed, where possible, all relevant regulatory requirements. > GFA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (English, PDF)
GFA SIGNS UN GLOBAL COMPACT
In February 2018, GFA has become a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). With its declaration of commitment, GFA undertakes to pursue integrity in its company management, and to dedicate itself to doing business equitably and sustainably. GFA will report to UNGC annually on its activities towards promoting sustainable development in the Communication on Progress (COP). With over 12,000 businesses and organisations worldwide, the UNGC network is the world’s largest and most significant initiative for responsible business management. Based on its 10 universal principles on human rights, labour regulations, environment and the prevention of corruption, it pursues a vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy for the benefit of all people, communities and markets, both today and in the future.
As an initiative of the United Nations, the UNGC presents a unique framework for discussing an equitable form of globalisation, and putting this vision into practice with suitable strategies and activities, across industries and borders. UNGC understands itself as an open forum to promote change and share ideas. It is neither a certifiable standard nor an instrument of regulation. Within the German Global Compact Network (DGCN), over 400 German participants can learn all about topics surrounding business responsibility, and work together towards practice-oriented solutions.