This Standard addresses the ethical principles of fairness and co-operation. The trust of the public is undermined when false allegations are made about civil society organizations. Accurate communications, whether about one’s own Organization or others, are essential to maintain respect within and for the sector. Organizations share a responsibility to act in ways that enhance public trust of the international co-operation community. The public does not often distinguish between the acts of one Organization and others. Misinformation about one Organization can tarnish many.
The CCIC ethics program includes appropriate mechanisms to address concerns about another Organization or CCIC. Using these mechanisms strengthens rather than undermines the international co-operation sector.