S1 - Preamble
S2 - Partnerships
S3 - Governance
S4 - Organizational Integrity
S5 - Finances
S6 - Fundrainsing & Communications to the Public
S7 - Management Practices & Human Ressources
S8 - Acheiving Compliance
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Summary
Partnerships
S 2.1
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
  1. Partnerships shall be backed by mutually acceptable signed agreements, demonstrating that all parties have negotiated objectives, expectations, roles, responsibilities, and contributions to the partnership.


Why
Why
A signed agreement ensures that organizations (rather than individuals) have mutually committed to the partnership agreement. The written agreement provides objective accountability criteria to which all parties can refer. It creates a basis from which negotiated change can occur, and makes it difficult for individual organizations to amend or change the stated goals unilaterally. Being given the opportunity to negotiate and sign agreements is an acknowledgement that organizations are autonomous. Clarity of roles is critical; agreements ensure that organizations clearly spell out what they can expect from one another. 
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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • There is a signed agreement on file demonstrating that all organizations in the partnership have negotiated and come to agreement about expectations, roles and responsibilities.
  • The agreement is signed by the appropriate signing authority for the Organization.

 

Note: The agreement need not be overly bureaucratic and may take whatever form parties in the partnership feel addresses their partnership needs. 

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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Was the agreement negotiated in good faith?
  • In what language(s) does the agreement need to be written in order to respect the spirit of the partnership?
  • Did the Partnership Principles guide the development of the agreement so that in addition to having a good final outcome, we also followed an ethical process to arrive at it?
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Agreeing which documents and information partners will make accessible to one another.
  • Ensuring that both organizations have an opportunity to reflect on the final agreement before signing.
  • Putting in place organizational systems and structures to reinforce the commitments about the relationship made by individuals. 
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Presenting a partner with a finalized template, without prior discussion, and asking the partner to sign it without the opportunity to negotiate its content.
  • Turning the whole negotiation and signing process over to external consultants such as lawyers.
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