MG Public Relations, in accordance with its vision, mission, and values, guarantees the recognition and improvement of the quality of life of its human resources, particularly the respect for the environment around its employees, highlighting a fair and harmonious attitude, has developed the following Code of Conduct to be achieved in all our business units. In addition, we are guiding our efforts under the 10 principles of the Global Compact, by becoming members and committing to their compliance, we foster more diverse, equitable, and responsible operations. In addition, we are committed to the fulfillment of the 17 SDGs.
MG Public Relations is committed to operating in an honest and responsible environment. Our business relationships are based on trust and mutual respect, always recognizing the diversity of opinions and thoughts as part of the growth process of our company and the country. Therefore, we encourage dialogue and constructive discussion of ideas that contribute to the development of viable proposals that benefit and favor the majority.
We value human talent and recognize that it is the driving force that propels our business, enriches our proposals, and gives life to our organization. We strongly believe in equal opportunities for all.
We seek partnerships with institutions that share our vision and values, exhibit responsible behavior, and are committed to making a positive impact on the public with whom they interact.
We value our reputation, image, and work ethic as our main corporate assets. Transparency and integrity are hallmarks of the way we work.
We strive to improve our performance every day, seeking alternatives that allow us to make a positive impact through our operations in order to be seen as leaders and role models in the communications and public relations industry.
The members of the different business units of MG Public Relations declare to know and accept all Dominican rules, norms, and regulations, as well as international regulations regarding the fight against corruption and money laundering, and their responsibility to contribute to their application and compliance.
Personnel selection is designed and based on ethical and humane principles that choose the ideal candidate for any vacant position, testing their skills, abilities, and attitudes, regardless of race, color, creed or religion, sex, nationality, political practice, or marital status. Our compensation system is based on performance and productivity, established through collective or individual objectives and predetermined measures of quality and quantity that all employees must be aware of.
MG Public Relations does not hire the services of forced labor or people with legal or moral impediments. The people selected have come freely and voluntarily as job applicants to our Human Resources database or by responding to job advertisements in various media.
In accordance with our own commitment, we do not use any form of involuntary or forced labor, including illegal immigrants, slaves, enslaved or trafficked illegal aliens, and we never engage in any form of commercial sex act procurement.
All work must be voluntary and workers must be free to terminate their employment in accordance with established laws, regulations, and standards. Workers will not be charged any fees or costs for recruitment, direct or indirect, total or partial, including costs associated with travel, processing of official documents, and work visas in the countries of origin and destination.
When subcontracting recruitment and hiring is necessary, we ensure that the labor agencies we work with operate legally, are certified or authorized by the competent authority, and do not engage in fraudulent behavior that puts workers at risk of forced labor or human trafficking. exploitation.
We do not require workers to provide government-issued identification, passports, or work permits as a condition of employment. The retention of personal documents shall not be used as a means to coerce workers into employment or to restrict their freedom of movement.
Written employment contracts shall be provided to workers in a language they understand, clearly indicating their rights and responsibilities with respect to wages, working hours, and other labor and working conditions. This must be provided prior to joining the workplace.
Our workplace shall be free from any form of harsh or inhumane treatment. Disciplinary policies and procedures shall be clearly defined and communicated to all workers, and shall not include any inhumane measures, including corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, or verbal abuse of workers; nor shall they include sanctions that result in wage deductions, benefit reductions, or any other. The use or threat of physical or sexual violence, harassment, and intimidation against an employee, his or her family, or close associates is strictly prohibited.
At MG Public Relations, we refrain from hiring people who have not reached the legal age of employment, and for those who have reached the legal age to ensure that they do not perform work considered dangerous and unhealthy. Article 56 of the Dominican Constitution declares the elimination of child labor and its worst forms as a national priority. The Convention of the International Labor Organization (ILO), in its articles 138 and 182 on minimum age and in relation to the worst forms of child labor, the Labor Code and the Code of the System of Protection and Fundamental Rights of Children and Adolescents, in its articles 244 to 254 inclusive, of the Dominican Labor Code.
In addition, all young workers must be protected from performing any work that may be hazardous or interfere with their education or that may be detrimental to their health, physical, mental, social, spiritual, or moral development.
We actively participate in legitimate workplace learning programs such as “First Step or First Job” that comply with applicable laws and regulations, through agreements with Universities and recognized academic institutions that share the same philosophy.
Salaries and Compensation
The salary to be paid for any work shall always be that agreed in the labor contract and shall not be less than the legally established minimum wage. Wages will be paid according to work, based on production, hourly, or fixed salary. Payments will be made weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, according to the labor contract. It is our policy to reduce overtime as much as possible in order to be fair in the humane treatment of our employees.
MG Public Relations facilities should be kept clean, with clear, well-lit, and ventilated corridors, and the equipment provided should be in good condition and suitable for all employees to perform their jobs. Restrooms must be clean and hygienic. Industrial Safety regulations will be updated to be properly followed and to protect each team member. We offer a good and safe environment, emphasizing good manners, respecting the dignity and rights of our people.
All of our employees are hired voluntarily and are free to terminate their employment in accordance with established laws, regulations, and standards. Workers will not be charged any fees or costs for recruitment, direct or indirect, total or partial, including costs associated with travel, processing of official documents, and work visas in the countries of origin and destination. When outsourcing or recruiting and contracting with external companies, we will ensure that the labor agencies we work with operate legally, are certified or authorized by the competent authority, and do not engage in fraudulent behavior.
We will not require workers to provide government-issued identification, passports, or work permits as a condition of employment. Nor will we retain personal documents as a means to bind employees to employment or to restrict their freedom of movement.
Written employment contracts must be provided to workers in a language they understand, clearly indicating their rights and responsibilities with respect to wages, working hours, and other conditions of work and employment.
Right to Free Association
Our company recognizes the importance of open communications and direct engagement between employees and management. We respect the rights of employees to freely interact and communicate openly and transparently with management regarding working conditions without fear of harassment, intimidation, penalty, interference, or retaliation.
We recognize and respect any workers’ right to exercise their legal rights of free association, including joining or not joining any association of their choice. MG Public Relations will not interfere with employees who express their desire to associate in a lawful and peaceful manner.
Ethics and compliance
Business ethics are part of our core values and corporate philosophy. At MG Public Relations we strive to “do the right thing”. This value demands different behavior in all our business dealings and ways of doing business, which is why we behave with integrity, transparency, and respect. We fulfill our internal and external commitments, being a responsible corporate partner where truth, integrity, and business ethics are part of our core values and corporate philosophy.
Bribery and Corruption
As a player in the Dominican business sector, we strive to “be different”. It is our imperative to recognize that the fulfillment of ethical duties is essential and common to encourage the development of the sector and the economy, therefore. We do not engage in improper, unethical, or questionable business practices.
We join our clients in anti-corruption commitments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act, Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, or any other agreements in the jurisdiction where we operate.
These laws prohibit us from paying, offering, or promising anything of value, directly or indirectly, to any third party, including any government official, to obtain an improper advantage or improperly influence an official act or decision related to our business.
Our policies also prohibit us from improperly seeking or accepting anything of value to provide an improper advantage to suppliers or other business partners. In order to comply with our anti-corruption obligations, there are some important things to keep in mind.
When we talk about things of value, they include cash, gifts, promises, meals and entertainment, travel, and hiring a third party’s relatives.
There is no exception for small amounts, even small payments may violate the law and be unethical.
We may encounter intense pressure to make improper payments where there is extraordinary competition for bidding opportunities. We should be particularly vigilant not to be tempted by statements that such practices are common, customary, or tolerated.
Our policies prohibit improper payments to third parties, whether government or private sector officials and the receipt of improper payments or gifts.
We have adopted a global anti-corruption compliance program, which includes detailed policies, standards, and procedures regarding the onboarding of suppliers and employees.
The program also covers authorizations and record-keeping for certain categories of transactions involving government, public officials, international institutions, political parties, and third-party intermediaries.
These transactions include travel expenses, meals, gifts and entertainment, political donations, and charitable contributions. All employees must be familiar with our anti-bribery and corruption laws.
MG Public Relations preserves cares and fully applies to all consulting and production processes, the environmental standards, and laws that contribute to maintaining the integral health of the community and the environment.
We work with our team to continually assess and reduce our environmental impact. We aim to prevent environmental damage and minimize our use of energy and resources. We will preserve existing forest and natural resources and water sources, as they are sources of life for the labor and national community.
We are committed to recycling as many materials as possible to become a proactive member of the community on this issue, being part of the solution.
Responsible operations mean minimizing the impact our operations have on the environment. Good environmental practices are in the best interests of our business, our employees, and the communities in which we operate.
We strive at all times to conduct our business in accordance with recognized industry standards, institute policies that meet or exceed applicable environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, and continually seek ways to improve our environmental performance. Targets and benchmarks are established to measure environmental performance, with the SDGs as a guiding light for our actions.
MG Public Relations believes that “Being a good corporate citizen” is fundamental to the way we do business. Supporting the community brings real benefits to our customers, our people, and our country. We support and contribute to the social and economic well-being of the communities in which we operate.
We engaged with our neighbors to gain a sense of the concerns of local communities and seek ways to contribute to and mitigate impacts within our powers.
We respect the traditions, cultures and beliefs of our people. We recognized that small businesses, voluntary and community organizations, social enterprises, and ethnic minority businesses are important members of our supply chain. They contribute to local economies and social cohesion. We collaborate and encourage the improvement of the quality of life of the communities around our area of operation; while encouraging our clients to design and implement programs that benefit the impact of the audience.
- We respect all environmental regulations and legislation while making proper disposal of waste and residues in the implementation of awareness towards recycling.
- Commitment to our customers, suppliers, competitors, and industry.
- We ensure that our services contain quality, integrity in content, and faithfulness to the sales promise.
- We maintain open channels, honest and transparent communication with our customers by offering quality customer service that always moves in response to their needs.
- We safeguard and respect the system of free competition, aware that it motivates us to reinvent ourselves and be better.
- We act with loyalty, transparency, honesty, and good faith in our business relationships with our peers. Therefore, we promote the signing of confidentiality agreements with all our customers and suppliers in order to preserve and safeguard their intellectual property.
- We refrain from engaging in fraudulent practices that undermine the assets of the company and the state, in order to illegally favor third parties.
- We fulfill our contractual obligations with our suppliers; we see them as our strategic partners so that we respect the delivery and payment policies established for each one.
It is an indispensable requirement to observe and comply with the application of this code in order to be part of the MG Public Relations team.
Aware of our duties and rights and the purpose of contributing to sustainable development in the Dominican Republic, we enshrine the following principles as cornerstones of our management. We are committed to always act in accordance with legally issued laws and regulations:
- We are committed to always act in accordance with legally issued laws and regulations.
- We comply with the mandates of our Constitution and the laws, rules, regulations, and resolutions legally issued by the authorities and institutions.
- We comply with all labor and tax obligations established by law. We will refrain from any activity designed, or which could reasonably be construed, to perpetuate a fraud or evade taxes.
- We act with truthfulness and transparency in the delivery of information and take actions against the various agencies.
- We do not promote acts that are contrary to the law, nor do we associate with people who promote or engage in practices that are divorced from our values.
Confidentiality and Safeguarding of Information
We serve our customers with respect and transparency. By our own decision and due to the passionate service we provide to each of them, we do not represent more than one client in an industry sector. We avoid conflict situations between companies that may have conflictive problems.
We respect the client’s trust placed in our firm and team. Therefore, we signed the following agreements:
- Confidentiality Agreement – NDA
- Non-competition agreement – Not to compete
Business relationships with business partners and suppliers are handled professionally. We respect the work and creativity of our allies, so we give credit for their ideas and services rendered to our clients, according to the terms under which those relationships are negotiated. We also enter into privacy agreements and safeguard information with each of them on behalf of our customers.
Committed to the Truth
When communicating with the public and the media, we hold truth as a compass for our interactions, in the accuracy of the facts, data, and figures we share. In order to preserve both reality and the perception of professional integrity, information found to be misleading or erroneous is corrected immediately and the sources of communication and sponsors of activities are not concealed.
Fake news in social networks is a complex phenomenon and must be approached from several angles. There is no denying the role that communications companies play in controlling the spread of fake news on their platforms. We, as users of social networks, also have a role to play. Therefore, we have promised not to share information that reaches us through any platform without first verifying its veracity. Our motto: “Fake news dies on our WhatsApp wall”.