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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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 based on a sense of common cause built on an understanding of each Organization’s values, beliefs, goals, objectives and constraints.

Understanding and making explicit the values and priorities of partner organizations establishes a foundation from which strong partnerships can potentially be built. As social change agents, organizations that base their partnerships on common cause are more likely to focus their attention on what would be changed if they achieve their missions, rather than self-interested discussions about how each organization might benefit from a relationship. Partnerships based on trust take time and energy to develop. The process of nurturing them must start at the very beginning of the relationship.
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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • The Organization engages with potential partners in a dialogue to help each organization understand the other’s values, beliefs, goals, objectives and constraints.
  • There is a shared understanding of potential common cause.
  • There is agreement within the organizations to move ahead as potential partners.
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Questions éthiques à poser
Raison d'être
  • Do we know enough about this organization to make a partnership decision? 

  • Do we have sufficient common cause to establish a partnership? 

    Is the proposed common cause sufficiently related to each organization’s mission?

  • Have we weighed the potential harms and benefits for all stakeholders in this potential partnership?

  • Do we feel that this could develop into a relationship of mutual respect and trust?   

  • Would our presence undermine pre-existing local CSO programs? 

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Exemples de bonnes pratiques éthiques
Raison d'être
  • Providing a safe environment for frank and open dialogue about values and ideals.
  • Providing sufficient time for discussion, questioning and clarifications to ensure that no party is rushed or pressured.
  • Seeking and providing official organizational documents that back up what has been said about values and priorities. 
  • During discussion, allowing each party to freely express its values and beliefs in the spirit of respectful listening.
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Exemples de mauvaises pratiques
Raison d'être
  • Coercing a potential partner into a sense of common cause.
  • Bypassing or speeding up a partnership initiation process merely to satisfy donors’ demands.