About the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct:
The Board of Airport Commissioners and Los Angeles World Airports are committed to the highest standards of ethical business conduct and aim to treat in an ethical manner those to whom we have obligations, including the City of Los Angeles, employees, tenants, customers, suppliers and neighbors. LAWA shall conduct its business not only in accordance with all applicable rules of law, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines, but with the highest of ethical values.
In October 2005, the Board unanimously approved the establishment of the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct to further an executive directive issued by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. This directive requires that as public servants, City employees must commit to a standard of conduct that maintains and enhances the public's trust in government.
The Office of Ethics and Business Conduct reports to LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey and to the Board of Airport Commissioners Audit and Ethics Committee and serves as a third-party, independent resource for the agency.
The Office of Ethics and Business Conduct is charged with building an ethical culture at LAWA that will nurture and support an environment that upholds the highest standards of ethical conduct. Key functions of the Ethics Office are as follows:
Referral and Resource for Ethics Inquiries and Hotline
- Provide employees and LAWA stakeholders with a venue to ask any questions of an ethical nature that cannot be readily addressed within their work group or through their chain-of-command.
- Create an atmosphere where employees can report confidentially and/or anonymously any real or perceived misconduct without fear of retaliation.
Ethics and Compliance Training
- Design, manage, and implement all training in ethics and compliance issues and ethical decision-making throughout the organization.
Enforcement of Ethics Violations
- Investigate ethical complaints or violations and enforce corrective measures where needed (recommended action may consist of disciplinary methods, recommendations, or counseling).
Organizational Ethics Implementation
- Implement ethical components reflecting LAWA’s Code of Ethics in other areas such as employee recruitment and selection, annual evaluations, and operational policies and procedures.
Coordination and Compliance with City Ethics Commission
- Review LAWA’s Conflict of Interest Code biennially and ensure full compliance of department personnel with requirements to file financial disclosure statements, statements of City-related business, and any other similar public filing required by law.
Establishing LAWA’s Values:
As a means of guiding the development of the Code of Ethics to further enhance an ethical work environment, the Board in March 2006, unanimously adopted a set of ethical values to help set the standard for all LAWA employees and commissioners. Fulfilling the mandate to develop a Code that was values-based rather than rules-based, the LAWA employees working group, which created the Code of Ethics, provided key definitions to these values.
HONESTY - We support a culture that nurtures truth, sincerity, and openness.
INTEGRITY – We uphold our personal conviction to the truth and we fulfill our obligations.
RESPECT & COLLABORATION - We promote human worth and the dignity of all, and foster partnerships of inclusion and cooperation.
RESPONSIBILITY - We strive for excellence in performing our duties and cultivate a climate of shared accountability.
PUBLIC TRUST - As one of our most significant responsibilities, we uphold the principles of open government including transparency in our decision-making, public disclosure and public access.
CITIZENSHIP – We understand we are part of a larger community from which we benefit and, in turn, are obliged to promote and enhance this necessary collaboration.
The Office of Ethics and Business Conduct:
1 World Way
3rd Floor Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (424) 646-6601
Ethics Helpline (424) 646-6600
Fax (424) 646-9234
Independent Email: LAWAEthics@gmail.com
Employees, tenants, passengers, contractors, and neighbors are encouraged to contact the ethics office whenever they have a question or concern of an ethical nature. Phone calls or emails to the office may be done confidentially or anonymously.
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