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Ethics

The IRC Way: our standards for professional conduct 

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The IRC Way helps International Rescue Committee staff around the world keep our programs firmly directed toward the wellbeing of our clients, while meeting the expectations of our donors as responsible stewards of their resources.

It describes the three core values of Integrity, Service and Accountability, and the undertakings that flow from them:

Integrity
We are open, honest and trustworthy in dealing with clients, partners, co-workers, donors, funders and the communities we affect. 

Accountability
We are accountable—individually and collectively—for our behaviors, actions and results.

Service
We are responsible to the people we serve and the donors who enable our service.

The aim of The IRC Way is to ensure that we carry out our work following the ethical and moral principles that support our humanitarian calling. Upholding this code is a responsibility shared by all involved in delivering on the IRC’s mission. It applies to all IRC directors, officers, employees, interns, volunteers, incentive staff and partners who work on behalf of the IRC.

Read more about The IRC Way.

How to file an ethics report

If you believe you have observed a violation of The IRC Way, you may file an ethics report in one of these ways:

No matter how your concern is raised, the IRC will take it seriously and act on it. Whenever possible, we will provide you with the status of our investigation.

Anonymity and confidentiality

You may file an ethics report anonymously. If you choose to identify yourself when making a report, the IRC will endeavor to keep your information confidential, sharing it only on a need-to-know basis among those directly handling or overseeing the issues you reported.