I'm having trouble find a collective noun (or similar word) that describes a "set or collection of [business] policies" for some documentation I'm writing for my domain of work (without going into specifics, I'm involved in reselling inventory for clients/suppliers).

My initial thought was "contract", but that already has an established meaning in our domain (a contract is an agreement with a supplier). The word I'm looking for is to describe the set of specific policies tied to an individual piece of inventory (i.e. "return policy", "terms and conditions of use", "pick-up instructions", etc.).

Any other ideas?

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    What's wrong with plain policies? They might as well be singular policy anyway, if they're all concerned with the same thing. Feb 4, 2014 at 23:58
  • They are not policies (plural), the document is the policy manual relating to various aspects such as returns, usage, ....
    – Kris
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:51
  • Using the plural is likely to suggest that you have more than one policy on a given aspect -- that is better avoided.
    – Kris
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:52
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    @FumbleFingers Even if not the same thing, it's policy, the only use of the plural seems to be in the insurance business.
    – Kris
    Feb 5, 2014 at 12:44
  • @Kris: Agreed, but when you say you have a corporate "policy" that's actually embodied in multiple contracts, documents, etc., the implication is they all form a coherent whole. At least to the extent that there are no conflicts between them. Feb 5, 2014 at 13:45

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I would suggest "guidelines" or "protocol" for the specific applications you have outlined.

  • Protocol is pretty good, though possibly a little too technical for this domain (I'm sure at least one of the other software developer would complain). I'm considering it. Feb 5, 2014 at 15:17

Without too much knowledge in this domain, the words raft and platform spring to mind. These might describe a set of policies from a more political perspective, where a set of policies might be drafted in order to address some campaign commitments or manifesto aspirations.

You could try manifesto which in one reading might be considered as being a collection of policies, but it's more tied up with aims, aspirations and the intended effect of the policies, than the strict collection of policy details themselves.

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