The Code is underpinned by a set of values which inform the behaviours of all Members all of the time. These values are translated into Quality Principles which are then translated into specific Commitments and associated Compliance Indicators. As such, the Quality Principles translate the Values into observable behaviours against which Members can be held to account. Where necessary, the Values will be used to assist in both the interpretation and application of the Code.

These values are:


We act with honesty and are guided by ethical and moral principles in all that we do.


We take responsibility for our actions and are accountable to all our stakeholders, and in particular primary stakeholders, for our performance and integrity.


We openly share information about our organisations and our work to all our stakeholders and to the public.


We recognise the value and diversity of every person and are committed to treating others with due regard for their rights, dignity and integrity.


We strive to deliver outcomes that bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty.


We are committed to overcoming prejudices and disadvantage and promoting fair and just access to resources and opportunities.


We work with and alongside others in a spirit of mutuality, respecting diversity and difference in the pursuit of common goals.