Information ethics

All National Highways information is managed and used ethically to protect individuals and their legal rights and build trust not just in what we do but how we do it.


National Highways wants to be an organisation that is trusted by the public, its stakeholders and its staff.

To achieve this, National Highways  manages and uses its data according to National Highways' company values.

National Highways expects its supply chain and stakeholders to do the same, when managing or using its data. National Highways wants anyone who believes it is not abiding by its values to be able to come forward without fear.

National Highways ethical principles link to its five values:


No harm or negative impact to well-being should come to the public, National Highways' people and the environment through the management and use of data.

Ethical Integrity

All data is considered in relation to the people it may represent and impact and treated with due consideration to their rights.


National Highways understands the limitations of data and understands how the dataset came to be. National Highways takes its sources, collection circumstances and biases into account and makes sure data is fit for purpose.


Responsibility for the ethical use of data is shared by all its people. This applies to the full information lifecycle. National Highways works to  achieve the shared goal of delivering value to the public.


Leveraging the team, National Highways and their Suppliers work together to use data ethically.


National Highways ethical principles must inform the development of information use cases, management of National Highways information, decision-making processes and the use of National Highways information.

Suppliers may have their own additional ethical frameworks for their own data.

When managing and using National Highways data, National Highways requires Suppliers to apply its ethical principles as listed above.

Where a decision has been made regarding the ethical use of our data, a supplier must notify National Highways of that decision.