An IPSIG shall not engage in any conduct that would tend to or
would in fact compromise its independence.
- Independence means that the
IPSIG is independent of both the host organization and the reporting
entity. To be independent, an IPSIG must be impartial and objective
in its fact gathering, fact finding, analytic, and reporting
activities. It must be unconstrained by the host organization's
internal politics and biases. Its activities must be guided by
a singular dedication to the assignment, untainted by self-interest.
Its work must be thorough and expert, directed towards uncovering
and reporting any and all illegalities and irregularities and
diligently investigating any issues of fact required by the assignment.
Without detached and objective judgement, an IPSIG will lack
credibility, and may prove not only ineffective but counterproductive
by providing the host organization with no more than a façade
- The following are circumstances in which an IPSIG's independence
would be compromised:
- an IPSIG or an IPSIG member uses an IPSIG assignment
as a means of nurturing a future professional relationship
with or within the host organization or the reporting entity
that is unrelated to the assignment.
- an IPSIG undertakes an assignment with less than complete
diligence, in order to either provide, or acquire a reputation
for providing, host organizations with a clean bill of health.
- an IPSIG accepts an assignment with an organization that
has previously retained the IPSIG or one of its members on
another matter in circumstances giving rise to the potential
for or appearance that the IPSIG's objectivity may be at risk.
- an IPSIG accepts an assignment with an organization and the
reporting entity is not in fact and appearance independent,
or continues in an assignment in which the reporting entity
does not maintain its independence in fact and appearance.