Ethics and Canadian Charities that operate outside of Canada

January 04, 2008 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving, Ethics and Canadian Charities

Although the law, governance and ethics are closely intertwined there is little written about ethics of Canadian charities operating abroad. Here are some links that may be of assistance to Canadian charities that operate outside of Canada to understand some of the ethical issues that they may have to deal with.

If you are a Canadian charity interested in conducting foreign activities you may wish to review the material of the US organization InterAction (http://www.interaction.org/document/interactions-pvo-standards), the British Organization BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development)(http://www.bond.org.uk/pages/about-us.html) or the Australian Council for International Development(ACFID)(http://www.acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct) as well as Canadian resources.


US LINKS

http://www.interaction.org/self-certification-plus
Private Voluntary Organization Standards Self-Certification Plus Guidelines and Compliance Form

http://www.aerdo.net/gik_standards/index.php
Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO) Interagency Gift-in-Kind (GIK) Standards - very useful for organizations that accept gifts-in-kind like medical supplies, clothing etc.

http://www.who.int/medicines/en/
Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies (EMP)


Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct and other resources for charities conducting foreign activities and international development

Australian code and guidance
http://www.acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct/guidance-document

British Organization BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development)
http://www.bond.org.uk/pages/about-us.html

Interaction (US) Code
http://www.interaction.org/self-certification-plus

-Guideline on Faith and Service (from Interaction - deals with religion and international development/humanitarian assistance and that “
members of InterAction should never proselytize or discriminate at point of service.”)
http://www.interaction.org/library/detail.php?id=5032

-Interaction Position Statement on Demonstrating NGO Effectiveness
http://www.interaction.org/files.cgi/5031_Position_Statement_on_demonstrating_NGO_effectiveness.pdf


Irish Code
http://www.dochas.ie/resources05.htm


Canadian Ethics Related Links from the CCIC

http://www.ccic.ca/e/002/ethics.shtml
The CCIC Code of Ethics and Operational Standard.

http://www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_ethics_guidance.pdf
Guidance document on the CCIC Code of Ethics

http://www.ccic.ca/e/archives/002_creating_code_of_ethics.pdf
Creating a Code of Ethics: Developing ethical standards for a sector

http://www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_ethics_game_facilitator_guide.pdf
Ethics Game

http://www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_ethics_final_due_diligence_new.pdf
Asking the C.Y.A.* Questions: Due Diligence in our Engagements with the Private Sector

http://www.ccic.ca/e/archives/coe_ethical_decision_making_basics.shtml
Ethical Decision Making - some basics by Anne Buchanan and Cornelius von Baeyer

http://www.ccic.ca/e/archives/coe_commentary_on_ccic_coe_programme.shtml
Commentary on CCIC’s Code of Ethics Programme

http://www.ccic.ca/e/archives/coe_self_certification_process.shtml
Self-Certification Process for CCIC Code of Ethics

http://www.ccic.ca/e/archives/coe_a_shared_vision.shtml
A Shared Vision, High Principles and Some Good Housekeeping

http://www.ccic.ca/e/002/ethics_conversation_with_sourthern_partners.shtml
Conversations With Southern Partners: The Search for Meaningful Partnerships (1996)


CCIC Links on Engagement by Charities with Private Sector for profit Companies

http://www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_dev_org_bridges_or_walls_final_guide.pdf
Bridges or Walls? Making Our Choices on Private Sector Engagement

http://www.ccic.ca/e/archives/lc_2000-11_engaged_or_entangled_summary_report.pdf
Engaged or Entangled ? NGO and the Private Sector on an Agenda to End Poverty by CCIC

http://www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_ethics_coi_pub.pdf
A Practical Introduction to Managing Conflict of Interest Situations

http://www.ccic.ca/e/002/ethics_3_5_communication.shtml
Communications to the Public (Fundraising Images)


Other Canadian Links

http://www.iog.ca/view_publication_section.asp?area=9&sideNav=46
Institute on Governance

Ethics Practitioners’ Association of Canada
http://www.epac-apec.ca/index.html

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