Preamble: Children of Persia is a non-governmental organization, established in 1999. Its mission is to provide health care, education, and related facilities that promote the well-being of needy children of Iran. Believing that one should exercise good conduct and honesty, Children of Persia has adopted this following Code of Conduct.
a. The humanitarian mission of the organization comes first.
b. Assistance is provided regardless of the race, creed, nationality,gender, sex, religious affiliation, political viewpoint, or age of the recipient and without adverse distinction of any kind.
c. Assistance is not provided to further any particular religious or political viewpoint.
d. The organization shall make all reasonable efforts not to act as an instrument of any government’s foreign policy.
e. Assistance programs shall be developed to involve the aid recipients and local community in the process, delivery, and provision of such assistance.
f. The organization shall make all reasonable efforts to develop assistance programs that will reduce future vulnerabilities.
g. The organization holds itself accountable to both our donors and those we seek to assist.
h. Those whom we seek to assist shall be treated as dignified human beings.
i. The organization shall respect culture and custom.
j. Officers, Directors and Volunteers of the organization shall demonstrate high moral standards and avoid an appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest.
k. The organization shall seek to take all reasonable steps to promote a civil society and support of the rule of law.
II. Core Documents
a. Children of Persia supports the guidelines established by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for meeting the needs of refugees, especially those for the protection of women and children.
b. Children of Persia supports the core principals established by the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee relating to the prevention of sexual exploitation of women and children.
c. Children of Persia, in the development of its mission and programs, embraces the philosophy and spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
d. Children of Persia recognizes, supports and incorporates the principals of the Code of Conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
III.Relationship with Others
a. The activities and programs Children of Persia undertakes are prompted by our responsibility to the people we serve. We respect the dignity of the people in need of assistance. Where possible we will work with and through the resources of the local community, including local non-governmental organizations. We will strive to achieve full community participation in our assistance programs. Our programs will strive to effectuate a long-term plan for assistance to relieve the possibilities of future vulnerability.
b. All of Children of Persia’s activities shall reflect an attitude of openness and transparency. We hold ourselves accountable to our donors and beneficiaries, from both a financial perspective and program effectiveness perspective. Our programs and operations will be based upon the highest standards of professionalism and expertise.
c. We will strive to work in partnership with others, including non-governmental organizations, that share Children of Persia’s mission and respect the guiding principals and core documents upon whichChildren of Persia has developed this Code of Conduct.
IV.Responsibility of Children of Persia’s Officers, Directors and Volunteers
a. Officers, Directors and Volunteers of Children of Persia shall not enjoy any profit or receive any pecuniary gain in return for the service they offer to Children of Persia, its activities or programs.
b. Officer, Directors and Volunteers of Children of Persia shall not solicit or accept gifts, goods, or any form of gratification for services provided or to be provided by virtue of his/her position in or association withChildren of Persia.
c. Officers, Directors and Volunteers of Children of Persia should avoid using their positions or any information made available to them in the course of their duties to benefit themselves, their relations or any other person with whom they have personal and social ties. They should avoid putting themselves in a position that may lead to an actual or perceived conflict of interest with Children of Persia.
d. Officers, Directors and Volunteers of Children of Persia, while carrying out their official responsibilities, shall not have relations with any particular interest group.
e. Officers, Directors and Volunteers of Children of Persia shall in performance of his/her duties and functions be accountable to Children of Persia for the works carried out by him/her or on his/her behalf.
f. Officers, Directors, Volunteers shall abide by all laws and regulations, including those laws and regulations administered by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control.
V. Compliance with the Code of Conduct
a. It is the personal responsibility of every Officer, Director and Volunteer of Children of Persia to understand and comply with the Code of Conduct.
b. Any Officer, Director or Volunteer of Children of Persia who violates any provision of the Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. Such violation to be reported to the Board of Directors, who shall decide what, if any, action should be taken.