Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligations to any individuals or organisations that might want to influence how they perform their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should decide on merit only.
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must cooperate with all appropriate scrutiny.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should explain all decisions and withhold information only where it is clearly in the wider public interest.
Holders of public office must declare any private interests relating to their public duties and resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest.
Holders of public office should demonstrate these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.