Artizan international(AI) is a charity supporting people with disabilities in the UK and the developing world, who are often extremely socially isolated and have reduced access to education and are often excluded from employment. Our mission is to enable, empower and support differently-able people to reach their full potential through therapeutic crafts workshops, high-quality crafts training and social enterprises in the developing world that transform lives. All who work for or with AI must follow the full AI Code of Ethics. This includes employees, temporary workers, volunteers, consultants, contractors, and partners. Before hiring or contracting with a third party to provide services or goods to AI, and before partnering with another organisation to provide aid to beneficiaries, representatives must investigate their background and confirm their willingness and ability to comply with this Code. Behaviour: Our behaviour is guided by the AI values of Compassion, Hope, Dignity, Accountability and Integrity, as we work serving differently-able populations across the world. The Code explains how we act in AI and in the communities we serve. We follow the local law, use good judgment, and are honest. We consider what others will think of our actions. We never mistreat, hurt, or take advantage of anyone. We always treat everyone with dignity and respect. This protects the reputation of Artizan International and our ability to serve. Violations: Breaking the the Code may result in disciplinary action.This may include ending your relationship with AI and/or reporting actions to the police or other authority. AI treats all reported violations seriously, and promptly investigates any complaints. Reporting: If you suspect someone broke or is breaking the Code, you must report it to your line manager, local contact, or safeguarding lead. If you report an actual or suspected violation with good intent, AI will investigate with integrity, protecting confidentiality and anonymity. Harassment: AI wants all employees to feel safe and respected. AI does not allow any physical, sexual, or psychological harassment (offensive behaviour, bullying, threats, or abuse) at work. Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse: AI is committed to protecting the people we serve from sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, or violence. You may not exchange money, employment, goods, or services for sexual activity. You may not engage in sexual activity with a beneficiary. Child protection: You may not use child labour. You may not engage in any sexual activity with a minor. AI creates a safe place for children and protects them from all abuse. AI will protect children’s private personal information. Forced labour and human trafficking: AI does not allow forced labour, human trafficking or any form of slavery. These actions violate human rights and are criminal offences. Fraud and corruption: You may not pay or receive bribes. You may only use AI money and resources for AI activities. You must fully and truthfully record all financial transactions, and keep accurate records. Conflicts of Interest: You may not influence AI to make a decision that benefits you or your relatives or friends. If you think you have a conflict of interest, you must tell your manager or your AI contact about it. Partners: AI will not partner with people or organisations who promote violence. We do not accept money from, employ or partner with people or groups who make money by breaking the law. Environmental Responsibility: Follow environmental laws and minimise harm to the environment. Do not waste energy or natural resources such as water and wood. Minimise waste by reducing use, reusing, repairing or recycling. Protecting Information: Protect and do not share confidential AI information (such as financial data) or personal information about beneficiaries or employees – even after you no longer work for or with AI. Consider your actions and ask for guidance if you are unsure If you are ever in doubt about a course of conduct, ask yourself:
Is it consistent with the AI Code of Conduct
is it ethical
is it legal
will it reflect well on me and AI
would I want to read about it in the news or on the internet?
If the answer is “No” to any of these questions, don’t do it. If you are still uncertain, ask line manager or contact for guidance.