Once a year everyone has to dress like a grown up.
It's a lonely job, but someone's gotta do it.
A quiet moment. Good thing the lab floors are FDA clean!
Project Managers and Technicians communicate daily.
Collaboration in the Bull Pen.
Regular Project Meetings synchronize all departments.
On-site testing and repair facilities.
It's either the Lab Rats, or the Wait Staff from the Olive Garden.
Cherokee Group
 
The Cherokee Ethics Policy

Cherokee is committed to serving our customers, clients, employees, contractors, Vendors, and surrounding communities with the highest degree of ethical and professional conduct. The principles and policies which guide our business practices are summarized in this document. We expect our consultants, contractors, representatives, and suppliers to join us in following these guidelines.

The Work Environment

Cherokee is committed to maintaining a working environment in which everyone is safe, comfortable, productive, learning, and appreciated. Here are certain components that help maintain this environment:

All employees, contractors and other business associates are treated with courtesy and respect. Individuals are not treated differently because of their race, religion, gender, age, disability, or nation of origin. When certain security clearances are required for participation in a specific project, these will be published in advance on the Cherokee Intranet for all to see.

Employees are required to help maintain a safe, drug-free work environment. Everyone is responsible for helping ensure that our facilities are kept clean and that equipment and other materials are kept in proper storage. Alert management immediately if a safety problem is suspected. Each individual's workspace is to be provided with an environment conducive to performing the work at hand.

An environment of support and teamwork is encouraged. Individuals should seek to assist others when capable of doing so, and offer support and encouragement whenever possible. All individuals are expected to contribute to the extent that they are capable of and are encouraged to seek challenges to improve their level of competency. Cherokee is committed being a moral and responsible corporate citizen. Harassment of any type will not be tolerated.

Performing Work

No policy can anticipate all situations that may arise. Since our individual and company reputations rely on the good judgment and performance of all of us, any decision or action by you should always take that into account, and the spirit as well as the letter of this policy should guide you in making appropriate ethical judgments.

Make responsible professional decisions. The efficiency and effectiveness of our Client's expenditures, usually public tax dollars, are often at stake as a result of the work we do. We should always bear this in mind, and apply our knowledge and expertise to provide the most accurate results possible.

Avoid conflicts of interest. Work must be performed without biases and decisions made based on objective judgment and available information. Employees will not participate in any activities that are in conflict with the best interests of our Clients, our communities, and our company. 

Involvement with a firm or person who potentially could be a Vendor in a future Evaluation may limit our ability to accept assignments from Evaluation Clients. Be mindful of these situations and use good judgment in choosing to accept work or other association, regardless of the individual or corporate benefit which could result. Even the appearance of a potential conflict of interest may be as significant as an actual conflict. Please bear this in mind.

Be honest and realistic. Communicate our capabilities fairly and represent Cherokee in an accurate manner.

Reject unethical advances. We do not accept for ourselves, and will not participate in providing our Clients or others with illegal or unethical payments, contributions, or gratuities. Any employee receiving an offer of a payment or gratuity of any kind, directly or indirectly, with a value over Fifty Dollars, shall report this in writing to Cherokee's management, and provide the relevant details. Management will then make the appropriate response. If you are uncomfortable reporting this to management, please contact our corporate attorney, located on the Cherokee Intranet using search words "ethics", "lawyer", or "attorney".

No Manufacturer Representation

Cherokee does NOT accept work on behalf of manufacturers of hardware or software. This could create a potential conflict of interest, real or perceived. We therefore only represent Clients seeking independent, unbiased advise regarding the acquisition of information technology. 

Cherokee does not make referrals to labs or other testing organizations that represent manufacturers, and we respectfully do not accept referrals from them.


Professional Conduct

Conduct of business, both inside and outside of the office, should be done in a professional manner. Proper behavior includes the following guidelines:

Obey the Law. All business should be conducted in a lawful manner. When performing government work, follow the rules and regulations required under the contract, or otherwise stipulated.

Keep accurate and complete records. Documents and notes regarding work should be kept in order so that others can access and understand them if necessary. Costs and time should be recorded properly, conforming to Cherokee's policies regarding time and expense tracking. If you are involved in a "time and materials" contract, keeping scrupulously accurate, verifiable records for each project and Client is critical.

Protect Vendor's proprietary information. Vendors sometimes reveal proprietary and confidential information in the course of an Evaluation. Cherokee has a legal and moral responsibility to protect that information, and to use it only for the purpose provided.

Make responsible decisions about purchases that are needed for Cherokee. Use Cherokee, Vendor and Client property only for authorized purposes. Be sure all property is properly identified, used, maintained, and disposed. Never make copies of the intellectual property of others (including software, documentation or otherwise) except as explicitly approved in the Evaluation Guidelines (
Cherokee Intranet search words: "ethics", "guidelines", "policy", "backup", or "copy").

Our goal is to promote a positive, ethical work environment for everyone. Every Cherokee employee and contractor, regardless of position and function, is important to achieving this goal. 


Nothing here should prohibit an employee or contractor from accepting or providing such ordinary or customary courtesies as business meals, to the extent that these are reasonable in nature and with an appropriate business purpose.

By using this web site you are agreeing to abide by our "Terms of Use." 


To learn how your agency can consistently make better IT decisions, please contact:

Ian Richardson, at:

Chero
kee Group, Inc.
133 Maple Avenue
Red Bank, N.J. 07701

(732) 741-2000

Fax (732) 741-2009
Click here to send Ian Richardson an email

 
 
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