Partner in Ethics Program
The Booz Allen Partner in Ethics Program Overview
The Booz Allen Partner in Ethics Program represents the firm’s commitment to encourage business ethics through its supply chain by providing benefits to entities doing business with the firm that have instituted values-based ethics programs. This is part of our commitment to our clients to embody our Core Values in all that we do.
This voluntary program is available to all subcontractors and significant vendors (i.e., companies with whom the firm anticipates repetitive or expected ordering activity of $150,000 or more over an annual period). The program promotes contracting with organizations that share our commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity by providing them:
- Increased visibility to key staff via a Partner in Ethics designation on appropriate Booz Allen internal sites
- Streamlined processes for obtaining new work from the firm —as the Partner in Ethics designation may reduce the amount of ethics and compliance-related documentation for individual engagements
- Appropriate consideration during the negotiation or awarding of a subcontract or purchase order
To be eligible for the Booz Allen Partner in Ethics program, the only criterion is that you have a formal ethics program that you are willing to document to the firm, or in the case of small businesses, are willing to adopt applicable standards of conduct, reporting tools, and training for your staff performing work for Booz Allen. While participation in this program is currently optional, we encourage suppliers interested in doing business with us to embrace this opportunity to demonstrate the strong ethical values that have been the foundation of Booz Allen’s success over the past 98 years.
How to Become an Approved Member of the Booz Allen Partner in Ethics Program
To be considered for the Booz Allen Partner in Ethics Program, you will need to complete a questionnaire and provide supporting documentation of your ethics program including your code of ethics and other supporting details and applicable documents.
Existing suppliers will receive this questionnaire with their annual representation and certification package. New suppliers will receive the questionnaire either as part of their Request for Proposal package or at the time of award.
Please consult the questionnaire for terms and conditions for this program including handling of confidential or proprietary information submitted as part of the application process.
Review and Approval Process
Once your documentation is received we will review your submission. Upon approval, you will receive written confirmation (via e-mail), sent to the designated representative as provided in your submission, of acceptance as a Booz Allen Partner in Ethics Supplier.
Suppliers Without An Established Ethics Program
New or existing suppliers without an established ethics program regardless of participation in the Booz Allen Partner in Ethics Program are encouraged to implement one appropriate for their business/size. As a member of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (DII), Booz Allen encourages subcontractors and suppliers to use the DII toolkit for Creating and Maintaining an Effective Ethics and Business Conduct Program as a roadmap to do so. You can access this toolkit at http://www.dii.org/resources/defense-industry-initiative-toolkit.
PARTNER IN ETHICS PARTICIPANT EMPLOYEE TRAINING
The Partner in Ethics Program provides an opportunity for small businesses, who may not have established ethics programs access to resources if they adopt parts of Booz Allen’s program and have their staff that are working on Booz Allen projects participate in mandatory quarterly webinars. The webinar will help you to understand ethical and professional standards that will govern the performance of your services to Booz Allen. If you were unable to attend, please access the link to view the recorded session.
The Partner in Ethics Program held its second webinar training session on March 25, 2014, with a focus on competing for work and the associated regulations: the Procurement Integrity Act, Organizational Conflicts of Interest, and Time Reporting. If you were unable to attend, please access the link to view the recorded session.
If you have questions, contact [email protected].