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
Governance
S 3.5
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
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  1. The Organization shall adopt a policy preventing and effectively managing conflict of interest situations.

Why
Why

People involved in civil society organizations are expected to carry out their responsibilities with integrity and to exercise objective judgment. Personal interests may interfere with that judgment. Conflicts of interest can seriously harm the reputation of the Organization, and can result in unwise decisions about the use of resources.  

 

Organizations cannot prohibit people from having personal interests that may conflict with the objective exercise of their organizational duties. This standard exists so that Organizations will be able to prevent conflict of interest situations where possible, and identify and manage in a consistent and responsible way those that do arise. See A Practical Introduction to Managing Conflict of Interest Situations for more information.

 

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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • The Organization has a policy, approved by its governing body, to prevent and effectively manage conflict of interest situations.
  • All governing body members and staff are familiar with the policy.
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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Have we identified the probable types of conflicts that could arise and ensured that our policy addresses all of them? 
  • Do our minutes reflect all conflict of interest disclosures and how they were addressed?
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Establishing procedures, as part of the conflict of interest policy, to ensure fair and open procurement practices.
  • Requiring each member of the governing body, as well as each staff member, to disclose existing or potential conflicts of interest annually and in writing.
  • Requiring that all gifts be declared in writing and accepted on behalf of the Organization rather than the individual.
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Assuming that conflict situations will never arise, and therefore having no policy and not monitoring for potential conflicts.
  • Allowing the individual in a conflict situation to remain present for discussions.
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