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
Organizational Integrity
S 4.1
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
  1. The affairs of the Organization shall be conducted with integrity and transparency. The Organization shall make full, open, and accurate disclosure to the public of relevant information concerning its goals, programs, finances, activities, results, effectiveness and governance. Exceptions are personnel matters, legal matters, proprietary information and ethical and legal requirements of personal privacy.

Why
Why

This standard addresses the principles of accountabilityand transparency. In order for an Organization to be accountable for its decisions and actions, and the results of these, it must at a minimum provide accurate and complete information about the Organization and its work to the public. This information should include basic facts and figures, policies, and information on the Organization’s mechanisms and processes.

 

In the context of organizational ethics, integrity means that there is consistency between an Organization’s values, principles and actions, and that this consistency exists throughout the systems and processes. 

 

While transparency is always the starting position for organizations, there may be times when disclosure may be harmful. Disclosure of information about a new initiative or a negotiation may impair an Organization's ability to successfully launch the initiative or ensure a confidential process. In some countries, disclosed information about activities and partners is misused to undermine the human rights of people in civil society organizations.

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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • Disclosure is prompt, complete and accurate.
  • The Organization ensures that disclosure does not infringe on personal privacy or put people at risk.
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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Is our disclosed information easily accessible to the public?
  • Could any of our partners be in danger if we disclose particular information about our partnership?
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Having organizational information easily accessible.
  • Noting on printed materials what information is available to the public and how it may be obtained.
  • Having a clear privacy policy.
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Allowing only partial disclosure of information so that inaccurate or misleading conclusions may be drawn. 
  • Disclosing outdated information.