Code of honor for civil servants of the RK



Approved by
Presidential Decree
of the Republic of Kazakhstan
dated May 3, 2005
¹ 1567

Code of honor for civil servants of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Rules of civil servants’ official ethics)

Carrying out the civil service is an expression of the special confidence of the society and state, and makes high demands to the moral and ethical image of civil servants.
The society expects that the civil servant would invest all his strength, knowledge and experience into the professional activities carried out by him, impartially and honestly serve his motherland - the Republic of Kazakhstan.
This code of honor for civil servants of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Rules of civil servants’ official ethics) (hereinafter - the Code) in accordance with the Act of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated July 23, 1999 "On Civil Service", Act of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated July 2, 1998 "On Combating Corruption" and generally accepted moral and ethical standards establishes basic standards of conduct for civil servants of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Heads of state bodies, in the central executive bodies - responsible secretaries of the central executive bodies or officials to whom in the established order the authority of responsible secretaries of the central executive bodies are given, and in the cases of absence of responsible secretaries of the central executive bodies or the mentioned officials - heads of central executive bodies provide placement of this Code in buildings of state bodies in the places available for public viewing.
1. In their activities civil servants must:
1) be committed to the policy of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and pursue it into the life step by step, to strengthen the credibility of public authorities by their actions, to protect interests of the state, to avoid acts that might discredit Kazakhstan;
2) be guided by the principle of rule of law, strictly maintaining the Constitution and strictly following the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, acts of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and other regulatory legal acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
3) provide maintenance and protection of the rights, freedoms and legal interests of citizens, not allow actions causing violation of human rights and freedoms of citizens;
4) contribute to strengthening the unity of the people of Kazakhstan and ethnic harmony in the country;
5) strictly abide by state and labor discipline, faithfully, impartially and properly perform their duties, effectively use their time for this purpose;
6) make every effort to professional work, to apply the best and economical ways to meet the challenges, protect public property entrusted to, rationally and effectively use it;
7) resist corruption;
8) exclude actions that are detrimental to the interests of civil service, not interfere with the activities of persons involved in the decision-making on matters affecting the personal interests of a civil servant;
9) not allow the interference in the business and lobbying interests of certain business entities;
10) prevent the use of information performance for their own and other personal purposes;
11) not participate in gambling with people who occupy higher or lower, or other depending position in the office;
12) prevent the adoption of gifts or services from individuals and legal entities that are connected with the execution of public functions;
13) not accept invitations to domestic and overseas, medical and recreational and other trips at Kazakhstani or foreign physical and legal persons’ expense, excepting the cases specified by law;
14) promote a sustainable and positive moral and psychological climate in the team by their attitude and personal behavior;
15) oppose actions that hinder the effective functioning of state bodies and proper execution of duties by civil servants;
16) prevent the selection and placement of personnel because of tribal associations and personal devotion;
17) prevent and suppress violations of ethics on the part of other civil servants;
18) adhere to the business style of clothing during the performance of their duties.
2. In relations with citizens and legal persons civil servants should:
1) contribute to strengthening citizens' trust in the institutions of the state;
2) show modesty, not stress and not use their official position, including the receipt of transportation, service and other services;
3) not give occasions for justified criticism from the society by their actions and decisions, avoid persecution for criticism, tolerate it, use constructive criticism to correct deficiencies and improve their professional activities;
4) prevent the manifestations of bureaucracy and red tape in the consideration of appeals, take the necessary action on them within the set time limit;
5) respect the honor and dignity of a man and citizen, regardless of origin, social status, property status, sex, race, nationality, language, religion, creed, place of residence or any other circumstances;
6) comply with generally accepted ethical norms, respect the state and other languages, traditions and customs of the people of Kazakhstan;
7) be polite and correct.
3. Civil servants that have subordinate employees should:
1) clearly define the objectives and scope of authority of subordinates in accordance with the positions they held, not give subordinates clearly unrealistic orders and not require them to execute the assignments that go beyond their official duties;
2) avoid with respect to subordinates of unfounded accusations, the facts of rudeness, humiliation of human dignity, tactlessness;
3) not urge subordinates to commit illegal acts or misconduct that are not compatible with the generally accepted ethical standards.
4. Public presentations on the activities of a state body are carried out by its head, or authorized officials of a state body.
Civil servants should keep the discussion in the correct format, without undermining the credibility of the civil service.
5. Civil servants should not publicly express their views on public policy and performance, if it:
1) does not correspond to the main directions of state policy;
2) discloses official information, which is not permitted to make public;
3) contains unethical statements towards state officials.
6. In the cases of unfounded public accusations in the managing of commercial organizations and / or doing business, lobbying for anyone's interests towards a civil servant, he should appropriately disclose information to refute such accusations.
7. In the case of public accusations of civil servant to be in charge of corruption, he should take steps to refute those accusations, including court order.
8. Compliance with this Code is the duty of civil servants.
9. For violation of the requirements of this Code, civil servants in accordance with the order established by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, may be held responsible.
10. The community of a state body by decision of the official entitled to the appointment and dismissal of civil servant, may consider the fact of non-compliance with this Code and by the consideration results make-up a public reprimand.