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 4.3
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
  1. The Organization shall comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations as well as laws and regulations of provinces or municipalities in which it is based or operates. Each Organization conducting activities outside of Canada shall be aware of foreign laws and regulations governing its activities.

Why
Why

Legal and regulatory structures provide the framework for Organizations’ activities, both in Canada and elsewhere. Realizing that development activities may relate to issues of equity and justice, Organizations must take into account the impact of foreign laws and regulations. In some countries, the justice system may be weak and laws and/or their application may be prejudicial to an Organization’s partners. In such cases, the Organization may have to choose between complete adherence to the host country’s laws and protection of its partners. Consultation with the partners is essential. Sometimes it may be best to avoid participation in certain countries or to withdraw if a continued presence there would endanger the partners or others.

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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • The Organization operates on a legal basis. 
  • The Organization is informed of foreign laws and regulations which may impact its operations and programming.
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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Do we have the capacity to be informed of all applicable foreign laws and regulations in our work locations?
  • How do we deal with known foreign laws and regulations which contravene Canadian laws and regulations and ethical principles?
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Seeking legal advice as needed.
  • Involving local partners in reviewing foreign laws and regulations that may apply to any new programming.
  • Staying abreast of current obligations under the Income Tax Act (ITA) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements for overseas operations.
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Assuming that foreign laws cannot affect a Canadian-funded program or project.
  • Assuming that Canadian employees, volunteers or consultants are exempt from Canadian laws while working in foreign locations.