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S8 - Acheiving Compliance
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Summary
Acheiving Compliance
S 8.4
Raison d'être
Indicators of Compliance
Ethical Questions to ask
Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of poor practice
  1. A Member Organization that has a question or concern about the conduct of another Member Organization relating to the Code of Ethics and/or Operational Standards shall directly discuss it with the Organization in question or with staff at CCIC. If there is not a satisfactory response from the Organization then the issue should be raised with the CCIC Ethics Review Committee before discussing it publicly

Why
Why

This Standard addresses the ethical principles of respect, accountability and co-operation. The success of CCIC’s program for membership-wide ethical conduct depends on all Organizations co-operating to support – but also to question and challenge – one another. While Organizations may have different approaches and development practices, there is nevertheless mutual agreement on the Code of Ethics and Operational Standards. Through dialogue and questioning, all Organizations obtain the necessary insights into how best to implement the Standards and what practices fall below minimum expectations. 

 

CCIC has not been mandated to audit member Organizations’ practices. The ethical responsibility to act lies with anyone who sees, or strongly believes, that an Organization is not acting in ways that help the sector progress toward its ethical aspirations. Inaction or “moral muteness” is just as problematic as poor practices. Each Organization has a responsibility to respond to questions or concerns raised about its practices and, if necessary, to be held accountable to its peers by answering to the CCIC Membership Committee. 

 

Note: Standard 8.4 refers to the CCIC Ethics Review Committee. This Committee no longer exists. The CCIC Membership Committee now has the responsibility to review situations of ethical concerns. Therefore, if there is not a satisfactory response from the Organization, the issue should be raised with the CCIC Membership Committee before discussing it publicly.

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Indicators of Compliance
Indicators of Compliance
  • Concerns are communicated in a respectful and constructive way to the appropriate people in the Organization of interest, or to staff of CCIC.
  • If a satisfactory answer is not provided by the Organization of interest, a registration of concern is brought to the attention of the CCIC Membership Committee.  
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Ethical Questions to ask
Ethical Questions to ask
  • Are we willing to accept that the conduct that gives rise to our concern may not be a transgression of ethical practice, but merely a valid difference of approach?
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Examples of good ethical practice
Examples of good ethical practice
  • Showing respect for the leadership of another Organization by contacting them and discussing directly any concerns that arise about their Organization’s practices. 
  • Educating staff and members of the governing body about how to respectfully raise questions and concerns about other Organizations.
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Examples of poor practice
Examples of poor practice
  • Ignoring an issue of concern or expecting CCIC to identify and deal with it. 
  • Threatening another Organization that you will make a public announcement if it doesn’t change its practices.