With the drafting and adoption of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, Codess Sociale aims to outline in a clear form the model of organisational responsibility that the Cooperative pursues in the performance of its activities, in internal relations and in relations with the various “stakeholders”.

This is in order to direct its own action and that of its collaborators according to a perspective of ethics and prevention of illegal and irresponsible conduct.

This document, approved by the Board of Directors, ratified by the Shareholders’ Meeting and formally adopted by the Cooperative, sets out the ethical principles that must guide the actions of the Shareholders, Senior Managers and Operators; it also establishes the indications and behavioural commitments expected from the entire organisation, from those who work there and from those who collaborate with it at a general level and in the various areas of intervention.

These principles, indications and commitments of conduct are undertaken to supplement the ethical constraints of the various professionals operating in and for Codess Sociale, the current regulatory provisions and contractual agreements established. Choosing to adopt a Code of Ethics and Conduct means putting clear rules, procedures and values at the centre of our actions, in which all Recipients can identify with each other, but it also means starting a process in which all the players are in continuous dialogue, in which everyone feels truly responsible towards others.

The Code of Ethics does not intend to describe exhaustively every specific behaviour that should be implemented in every possible operational situation. Rather, it aims to clarify and specify a series of principles and general guidelines to which the recipients of the Code of Ethics must adhere in the performance of their work activities.

In formulating principles and rules of conduct, the Code of Ethics adopted corresponds to:

  • the requests and requirements provided for by the Social Responsibility system that Codess Sociale has freely chosen to adopt in compliance with the SA8000 regulation;
  • the indications concerning the administrative responsibility of legal persons contained in Legislative Decree 231/2001 and subsequent amendments and additions. On this basis, the Code of Ethics is an integral part of the Organizational and Management Model of Codess Sociale, provided for by Articles 6 and 7 of the same Legislative Decree.

The Code of Ethics of Codess Sociale is addressed to:

  • Shareholders and Working Members;
  • Employees;
  • Volunteers and Trainees;
  • Senior Managers;
  • Directors and Statutory Auditors;
  • subjects who have contractual relations with the Cooperative (Collaborators, Partners, Consultants and Suppliers);
  • the members of the Supervisory Board.

All recipients are required to know the principles, indications and rules contained in the Code of Ethics and to give a concrete application in every activity they share and in every relationship they have with Codess Sociale.

The indications and prescriptions of the Code of Ethics are based on a set of principles whose observance is of fundamental importance for the regular functioning, the reliability of the management and the image of Codess Sociale. These principles (listed below) refer to operations, behaviours and relationships, both internal and external to the Cooperative.

Respect for the person

Codess Sociale rejects any discrimination against people based on gender, cultural background, languages, personal and social conditions, religious and political beliefs.

The enhancement of Human Resources

Codess Sociale recognizes that human resources are a fundamental factor for its development. Human resources management is based on respect for the personality and professionalism of each individual.

On this basis, Codess Sociale favours a working environment that, inspired by respect, fairness and collaboration and on the basis of the experience gained in the sectors of expertise, enables the involvement and responsibility of Shareholders, Employees and Collaborators, with regard to the specific objectives to be achieved and the methods for pursuing them.

Democratic and participatory management

Each Shareholder has the right to participate in the governance of the Cooperative by expressing his/her will through the corporate bodies, such as Assemblies, Board of Directors, Board of Statutory Auditors, as well as other forms of participation authorized by the Board of Directors or by the Assembly.

As a result of this, Codess Sociale does not recognize internal regulations or commitments signed individually or by groups of shareholders, which reduce or limit democratic participation.

Management transparency

In order for democracy and participation to be effective, it is necessary that all operational, economic and management information be made available to Shareholders, Workers and all interlocutors. Codess Sociale recognizes the value of correct information on corporate governance and management and accounting to Shareholders, Customers, Collaborators, and other parties involved. For this reason, Codess Sociale undertakes, among other things, to draw up and publish the social report.


Codess Sociale affirms as an essential principle the respect of all national and international laws, directives and regulations, and of all generally recognized practices. The activities that the Cooperative carries out must therefore be based on full compliance with the legislation and regulations in force, as well as with the principles and procedures prearranged for this purpose.


The actions, operations and behaviours of those who work within or on behalf of Codess Sociale must be inspired from a formal and substantial point of view by the legitimacy, protection and fairness of the Cooperative. This means that those who work within or on behalf of Codess Sociale:

  • do not use for personal purposes information, goods or equipment available to them in the performance of their duties;
  • do not accept or make pressure, recommendations or warnings that could cause prejudice to the Cooperative or undue advantages for itself, for the organisation or for third parties;
  • reject and do not make undue promises or offers of money or other benefits.


Those who work within Codess Sociale carry out their work and services with diligence, efficiency and correctness, making the best use of the tools and time available to them and assuming the responsibilities associated with compliance.