Code of Good Practice Values & Principles:

Solidarity

Solidarity is about interconnectedness and interdependence, and taking longer-term action in partnership on issues identified by those most affected. It involves a recognition of power differentials and acting to empower people. Volunteer Sending Agencieswork to support change in relation to the issues identified as priorities by those that are most affected. Volunteer Sending Agencies operate in sustainable and equal partnerships with the organisations and local communities they work with, ensuring that volunteers and staff recognise power differentials and commit to equal relationships and mutual support.

PRINCIPLE 1

The programmes, projects and volunteer roles of our organisation are based on sustainable, mutual, and equal partnerships which recognise and address power differentials between our organisation and those we work with.

PRINCIPLE 2

The programmes, projects and volunteer roles of our organisation are based on aims and objectives that are mutually agreed with local communities and partners, are aligned with priorities identified by and valuable to local communities, and that are sustainable.

PRINCIPLE 3

Our organisation enables ongoing commitment to, understanding of, and engagement by volunteers in issues of global development through development education approaches.

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Respect

Respect is about openness and flexibility in the way we think and act. It involves empathy, humility, having a reflective and critical awareness of ourselves and others and of structures and systems. Volunteer Sending Agencies work to create contexts where people of different identities, beliefs, understandings and situations live in harmony. Volunteer Sending Agencies operate in a manner that is critically reflective in ensuring respect between colleagues; between the agency and its staff and volunteers; between the agency and the partner organisations and local communities with whom it works; between volunteers and partner organisations; and between the agency and the public.

PRINCIPLE 4

Our organisation accepts and values the diversity and individuality of volunteers and provides for their varying support needs.

PRINCIPLE 5

Our organisation ensures respect between the people in our organisation and between the organisation (staff, volunteers, contracted or other personnel) and the local community and partners involved in its work.

PRINCIPLE 6

Our organisation brings and understanding of diversity to bear in planning and implementing its programmes and projects that responds to the different identities of people within the local community and operates in a manner that is sensitive to and takes account of this diversity.

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Social Justice

Respect is about openness and flexibility in the way we think and act. It involves empathy, humility, having a reflective and critical awareness of ourselves and others and of structures and systems.

Volunteer Sending Agencies work to create contexts where people of different identities, beliefs, understandings and situations live in harmony. Volunteer Sending Agencies operate in a manner that is critically reflective in ensuring respect between colleagues; between the agency and its staff and volunteers; between the agency and the partner organisations and local communities with whom it works; between volunteers and partner organisations; and between the agency and the public.

PRINCIPLE 7

Our organisation pursues programmes and projects that seek to address the root causes of injustice, poverty and inequality.

Principle 7

Ecological Sustainability

Ecological sustainability is about understanding ourselves as integrated with and impacting on the environment whilst recognising and acting on our individual and collective responsibility in this regard.

Volunteer Sending Agencies work to ensure a positive relationship between their work and the world they seek to sustain and to have a positive impact by enabling sustainable action and promoting resilience. Volunteer Sending Agencies operate in a sustainable manner that assesses, takes account of and minimises their impact on the natural world when carrying out their projects.

PRINCIPLE 8

Our organisation acts to ensure a positive relationship between its work and the world it seeks to sustain, to enable sustainable action by and resilience within local communities and partners, and to support volunteer roles that take account of their impact on the natural world and minimise any negative impact.

Principle 8

Integrity

Ecological sustainability is about understanding ourselves as integrated with and impacting on the environment whilst recognising and acting on our individual and collective responsibility in this regard. Volunteer Sending Agencies work to ensure a positive relationship between their work and the world they seek to sustain and to have a positive impact by enabling sustainable action and promoting resilience. Volunteer Sending Agencies operate in a sustainable manner that assesses, takes account of and minimises their impact on the natural world when carrying out their projects.

PRINCIPLE 9

Our organisation ensures honesty and transparency in its work, enables quality in its programmes, implements appropriate volunteer recruitment procedures, and ensures an accountability to local communities and partners, the general public and donors, and members, staff and volunteers.

PRINCIPLE 10

Our organisation takes steps to ensure the protection, safety and well-being of volunteers and to underpin their informed commitment to, understanding of and engagement in their role.

PRINCIPLE 11

Our organisation takes steps to prohibit, prevent, and address inappropriate behaviour by staff, volunteers, contracted or other personnel, in relation to children, vulnerable adults and the local community.

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PRINCIPLE 12

Our organisation is committed to child-safe volunteering.

PRINCIPLE 13

Our organisation gives expression to, promotes and communicates the values of solidarity, respect, integrity, social justice and ecological sustainability through its plans, policies, procedures and practices.

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Comhláhm Code of Good Practice

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