We endeavor to have our consultants, agents and affiliates obligate themselves to high ethical standards.
WHY WE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY
In our field, the ethics are critical
JL Powers and Associates endeavors to have our consultants, agents, and affiliates obligate themselves to high ethical standards.
“No ethics policy can envision every possible scenario. […] JLPA’s ethics policy addresses such areas of ethical concern as conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and interactions with public servants. This policy treats conflicts of interest not merely as mathematical formulae, but in a manner designed to recognize loyalty, practicality and overriding values. While recognizing state, federal, and local laws, this policy sees those rules stated values.”
Former chairman, Texas Ethics Commission
J.L. Powers & Associates (“JLPA”) prides itself on lawful, ethical conduct by its employees, independent contractors, and those with which it assocaites. JLPA’s values involve avoiding conflicts of interests, honoring public service, maintaining confidentiality, and respecting the law. JLPA endeavors to have its consultants, agents and affiliates obligate themselves to the same high ethical standards. Nothing in these guidelines shall serve to modify the status of those independent contractors with whom JLPA is engaged. However, JLPA expects its consultants – and all those affiliated in any manner with JLPA – to hold themselves to these standards. In furtherance of that goal, JLPA will provide analysis and guidance to those navigating the areas of business and public ethics.
While JLPA strongly encourages its employees and consultants to engage in public political affairs, participatin in public service may at time give rise to the need to analyze conflicts of interests. State and/or local regulations may require abstention from a decision where a conflict exists. Before participating in such a decision, the affected employee or consultant should seek advice of legal counsel from the public entity and from JLPA’s legal counsel. If abstention is warranted, it should be made clear that such conduct is to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Lobbying activities in Texas are strictly regulated and are limited to the legislative and executive branches of state government. However, local political subdivisions may have adopted their own ordinances, orders, or policies in governing paid advocacy at the local level. Any person representing JLPA should be aware of any such local regulations and should provide copies of the relevant standards to JLPA for analysis and compliance advice.