The Port Authority Castellón has signed an agreement in collaboration with the Jaume I University to draw up a Code of Ethics and Conduct. This document will be composed by the department of Ethics at the Jaume I University which is headed by Professor Domingo Garcia Marzá
The President of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francisco Toledo, has affirmed that “we are the mirror into which the more than 6000 people who work at the port look” and he added “it is important that we show the way….this new code will provide guarantees that we are working according to proper ethical criteria.”
Francisco Toledo referred to the importance of drawing up a Code of Ethics and Conduct ‘connecting those who are specialised in the business ethics’ referring to Garcia Marzá.
The document will be drawn up around a range of principles and practices that the Port Authority of Castellón will then base its actions and will lay out the fundamental values which should guide all its decisions. The president said, “In this manner we are renewing our commitment to honesty and transparency and the fulfilment of all obligations.” Francisco Toledo also added that the Port Authority of Castellón aims to set high standards in corporate governance, develop mechanisms to prevent corruption, provide means for reporting wrongdoing, training, communication, as well as transmitting best practices to the value chain and promote alliances between interest groups.
For his part Professor Domingo García indicated that while doing the field work before drawing up the final document “ the interest groups of the Port Authority of Castellón will be taken into account in order to build an ethical environment.” He went on to say “for a public institution it is easy to create a good image but it is more complicated to gain a good reputation” For this reason he has valued the voluntary commitment by the Port Authority of Castellón to take the initiative in drawing up an Ethical Code which will be “an open and flexible instrument “ which may be adapted to future demands.