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Responsibilities

JPL's Ethical Business Conduct and Ethics Record Retention policy documents the Laboratory's commitment to conduct business lawfully and with high ethical standards.  The responsibilities documented in that policy are summarized below:

The Laboratory is responsible for:

  • Creating and supporting a strong and active Ethics Program
  • Developing policies that explain JPL's business ethics requirements.
  • Providing training to all employees on the Laboratory's Ethics policies.
  • Answering questions and providing advice for all employees on ethics issues that arise.
  • Investigating alleged violations of JPL ethics policies.
  • Maintaining confidentiality to legal limits when requested.
  • Maintaining working conditions supportive of employee responsibilities.
  • Protecting employees who, in good faith, report actual or reasonably suspected ethics violations.

All employees are responsible for:

  • Knowing, understanding, and complying with JPL ethics policies.
  • Contributing to a workplace environment that is conducive to upholding JPL's ethical business policies.
  • Seeking help when the proper course of action is unclear or unknown to them.
  • Being sensitive to behavior by other employees that is illegal or unethical.
  • Counseling fellow employees when they are in danger of violating JPL's ethical business policies.
  • Reporting material violations of ethics policies to their supervisor or the Ethics Office.
  • Not misusing the Ethics Program by filing false accusations for retaliatory or personal reasons.
  • Not interfering with the conduct of an ethics investigation.
  • Ensuring confidentially by not discussing with others any aspect of an ethics investigation.

Managers/Supervisors have a special responsibility for:

  • Leading by example.
  • Implementing ethics policies within their organizations.
  • Ensuring that all employees they supervise understand JPL's ethical business policies.
  • Encouraging all employees they supervise to attend ethics briefings annually.
  • Stressing the need for commitment to JPL's ethical business policies.
  • Maintaining a workplace environment that encourages discussion of ethics issues without fear of reprisal.
  • Supporting any ethics investigations when called upon.


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