Compliance Assurance Program
GTRI’s Compliance Assurance Program was established in January 1998 to provide an organizational framework for compliance with new regulations and policies due to our transition to FAR 31.2 cost accounting.
Today the GTRI Ethics and Compliance Office (ECO) underscores our commitment to ethical conduct and provides an organizational framework for compliance. ECO helps protect and maintain the reputations of GTRI, the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, and Georgia Tech at large for ethics and integrity in business and research. ECO strives to promote a culture of compliance and ethical conduct throughout GTRI.
GTRI employees are held to the highest standard of ethics and integrity in the performance of our organizational responsibilities. The GTRI Code of Ethics outlines these expectations, which are grounded in the Georgia Tech Code of Ethics, Georgia Tech Policies, and the University System of Georgia Ethics Policy.
The following is a summary of the GTRI Code of Ethics:
- Follow both the letter and the spirit of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern our work.
- Maintain a work environment where ethical considerations are paramount in strategic, operational, and everyday decisions. This includes abiding by the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits the offer or payment of money or anything of value to a foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. "Foreign official" is defined as anyone acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a foreign government or public international organization.
- Commit to doing what is right, good, and honorable. Ask yourself whether your action or decision will compromise the integrity and reputation of GTRI.
- Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office if you are not sure what to do regarding a potential compliance issue or an ethical dilemma or to report misconduct. Use the Georgia Tech Employee Hotline (1-866-294-5565 or EthicsPoint) if you want to inquire or report confidentially.
- Lead by example. As leaders you can affect employee behavior through your words and conduct. Be aware that your actions could influence employees to act in a way that is contrary to our ethical standards, even if that is not your intent.
- Cooperate in internal investigations; never destroy or alter documents or electronic records, lie to or mislead an investigator or obstruct the collection of information; notify the Office of Legal Affairs if you learn that a government agency or any third party is conducting an investigation or asking for information pertaining to a suspected violation of law.
- Acknowledge and abide by the Georgia Tech Code of Ethics, Georgia Tech Policies, and the University System of Georgia Ethics Policy, which are excerpted and referenced below.