E.1 Compliance

Signatory organisations are expected to be good citizens of the Code community and ensure that they are compliant, to promote the Code on their website and to notify breaches - both their own and other signatory organisations. Compliance with the Code of Conduct will enhance effective development practice. Non-compliance with the obligations set out in the Code of Conduct will reflect negatively on the individual organisation and the sector as a whole.

Section E.1 of the Code of Conduct has one Standard with its Principle and Obligations. Standard E.1.1 outlines the responsibility to be taken by each signatory organisation to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct. 

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E.1.1 Compliance with the Code

Principle

Signatory organisations will be compliant with all applicable aspects of this Code and will not engage in activities which bring the sector into disrepute.

Obligations

  1. Signatory organisations will monitor themselves to ensure they are compliant with the Code.
  2. Signatory organisations will promote their commitment to the Code and Code complaints handling process on their website.
  3. Signatory organisations that become aware of major transgressions against this Code in their own or other signatory organisations are encouraged to notify or make a complaint to the Code of Conduct Committee.

Why

Signatory organisations are expected to be good citizens of the Code community and ensure that they are compliant, to promote the Code on their website and to notify breaches - both their own and other signatory organisations. 

Values

This standard reflects the Code of Conduct’s commitment to:

  • Accountability to stakeholders for performance and integrity
  • Honesty and transparency.

Practical guidance

Compliance will be tested in the following ways:

  • on application to become a signatory organisation
  • annually through the Compliance Self-assessment process
  • through ACFID Code of Conduct Committee assurance processes (annually and ad-hoc).
  • If the need arises following a complaint investigation over an alleged breach.

Here are some practical suggestions for your organisation to maintain the culture and practices to enable compliance with this Code:

  • Provide briefings and trainings for new Directors, staff, volunteers and partners on the Code of Conduct, the obligations of your organisation as a signatory and the expectations as outlined in the Good Practice Toolkit.
  • Ensure your organisation’s Code compliance obligations are embedded in governance and organisational compliance registers
  • Ensure monitoring of your organization’s compliance is embedded in your general compliance activities
  • Encourage and enable Directors, staff and volunteers to attend ACFID training sessions on the Code of Conduct including the ACFID elearning module.
  • Depending on the size of your organisation, organise relevant staff groups to focus on relevant areas of the Code and your organisations capacity and capabilities to maintain and demonstrate compliance.
  • Communicate your organisations signatory and compliance status with the Code on your website.
  • Communicate the mechanism for making complaints on your website.
  • Suggested text for the website:  ‘We are a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct and are committed to full adherence to its requirements. These good practices ensure transparency and accountability, improve international development effectiveness and increase stakeholder trust. Read further information about the Code and its complaints process.