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 4.4
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
  1. The Organization shall oppose and shall not be a participant to any wrongdoing or financial impropriety. It shall take prompt and firm corrective action whenever and wherever wrong-doing of any kind has been committed by any member of its governing body, employee, or volunteer.

Why
Why

The Organization has a responsibility to promote ethical behaviour and to monitor the actions of its people to ensure no wrongdoing or impropriety. This is to ensure public trust as well as to protect the carrying out of the Organization’s work. (Refer also to S5 FINANCES regarding financial guidelines.)

 

An additional challenge in some countries is corruption. In order to import supplies or to operate a program, an Organization may be expected to pay bribes to officials. Organizations should be aware of the laws in both Canada and the host country in this regard. Where there are no laws against bribery or where the law is not enforced, each Organization should ensure that it does not contribute to corruption, even if this means not doing business in a particular country.

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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • Training is provided for people within the Organization on how to deal with situations that could compromise their personal and/or organizational integrity.
  • The Organization has policies and procedures in place to deal with allegations of wrongdoing.
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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Do we have safeguards in place to prevent wrongdoing?
  • Are all staff encouraged to raise concerns and questions and able to do so without retribution? 
  • Are there appropriate consequences for impropriety?
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Having relevant policies and procedures to protect vulnerable people (e.g. screening employees and volunteers working with youth, with women in refugee camps, etc.).
  • Having an anti-corruption policy. 
  • Ensuring that staff and volunteers know how to deal with situations in which bribes are expected or offered. 
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Misuse of employment insurance or welfare programs to obtain additional human resources.
  • Applying double standards when dealing with wrongdoing by people at different levels in the Organization.