Safeguarding

Global Code of Conduct

Our Global Code of Conduct is a clear set of standards for our business conduct. It provides the ethical and behavioral framework on which we base our decisions every day. The Code is anchored in our H.E.A.R.T. (Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork) values and beliefs and underpins all that we do.

The Global Code of Conduct includes policies regarding:

I. ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT
II. BUSINESS CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICS (INCLUDES FINANCIAL LIABILITY)
III. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
IV. OTHER EMPLOYMENT AND OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
V. ANTI-CORRUPTION
VI. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
VII. WHISTLEBLOWER STATUS
VIII. PROTECTION OF PADF BENEFICIARIES AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE (PSEA)
IX. ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS POLICY
X. SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS
XI. COMPUTER SYSTEM, MOBILE DEVICES, INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC MAIL

Purpose and Scope of Our Safeguarding Framework

The purpose of this safeguarding framework is to describe Pan American Development Foundation’s (PADF) commitments to safeguard those working in or with our organization as well as those whom we serve. PADF believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. PADF works across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger — more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. PADF partners with and enables civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Our commitments to safeguarding enable us to meet our organizational goals and objectives.

Safeguarding refers to preventing and responding to harm caused by our organization to the people working in the organization, and the people whom we serve. The likelihood of exploitation and/or abuse increases when individuals are in a vulnerable situation and where unequal power dynamics exist. PADF’S commitment to safeguarding includes protecting employees from harm and inappropriate behavior, including discrimination, bullying, and/or harassment in any form, and preventing and responding to harm caused by our organization to the people we serve, including sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment. PADF takes an intersectional approach to safeguarding, recognizing that everyone has varying degrees of power and privilege in different circumstances based on their intersecting identities and that people may experience, or be at risk of, different types of abuse based on these identities. PADF believes in advancing gender equality throughout the organization. PADF leadership and programs reflect this core value.

PADF works to a Global Code of Conduct that sets behavior standards expected from those working at and for PADF. The Global Code of Conduct aims at being easily accessible for employees and focused on behaviors which uphold PADF values. It includes policy commitments on Anti-discrimination and Anti-harassment, Whistleblowing, PSEA, Anti-Trafficking and other aspects of conduct which contribute to creating a safe environment including ensuring our work online is as safe as our work in person.

This policy applies to all PADF Employees and Others in all locations, both during and outside of normal working hours.

  • Employees: full-time, part-time, international, and national employees engaged by PADF in any location as well as advisers, consultants, interns, volunteers, Board members, and trustees engaged by PADF.
  • Others: employees in partner agencies, sub-grantees, or sub-awardees; and any other individuals, groups or organizations that have a formal or contractual (but not employment) relationship to PADF.

Definitions of harm and abuse covered under this, and accompanying, policies, as well as definitions for other terms, can be found here: 

PADF’s Principles for Safeguarding are:

  • Zero tolerance.
  • Accountability.
  • Respect.
  • Survivor/community centered approach.
  • Mandatory reporting.

Read about our individual policies here:

PADF Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Policy

PADF Anti-Trafficking Policy

PADF Protection Against Sexual Exploitation Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy

PADF Safeguarding Children and Communities Policy

PADF Whistleblowing Policy

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