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.