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S7 - Management Practices & Human Ressources
S8 - Acheiving Compliance
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Summary
Management Practices & Human Ressources
S 7.3
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
  1. Have clear, well-defined, written policies and procedures relating to its employees and volunteers (including host country nationals and expatriates) and a process for communicating these policies and procedures; and ensure that the policies clearly define and protect the rights of these individuals.

Why
Why

This standard speaks to the ethical principles of human rights, transparency and fairness. Policies and procedures ensure that “rules” and practices are clearly outlined and are known by all involved parties. This leads to consistency in actions and clarity for employees and volunteers, and helps to ensure fair treatment in all matters.  

 

Whether working overseas or in Canada, employees and volunteers of civil society organizations are committed to respect and promote the dignity and human rights of all people. Relevant policies and practices ensure that these rights are defined and protected across the Organization. Ethical reflection includes assessing whether policies or procedures are adequate or if additions are needed to ensure that all people’s rights are protected. For example, a sexual harassment policy may need to distinctly address country-specific issues in order to effectively guide staff. 

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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • Written policies exist on important issues and activities in the Organization.
  • Employees and volunteers have access to, and understand, these policies. 
  • A system exists for recruiting, disciplining and promoting staff and volunteers in a way that ensures fairness.
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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Will the application of our policies and procedures help to ensure fairness and consistency in dealing with employees and volunteers?
  • Do all staff and volunteers, including supervisors, respect the work rules and practices?
  • Do our systems and procedures ensure an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse of and by our staff and volunteers?  
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Using policies to guide actions and decisions in a consistent way.
  • Writing policies clearly and simply. Employees and volunteers should read policies in the draft stage to ensure comprehension and provide the opportunity for input.
  • Having written policies that seek to ensure the security, health and safety of staff and volunteers. 
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Applying policies to some individuals but not to others.
  • Not having policies so that administrators can have “free rein” to do what they want.