SNV implements a range of policies to ensure that staff and organisational initiatives meet the highest levels of ethical conduct. All staff are required to adhere to the SNV Code of Conduct, which provides the guidelines for good conduct and directions for exercising good judgement in ethical matters or in situations of conflict of interest.
We have several procedures in place to supplement the SNV Code of Conduct, outline our specific values, and detail steps to be taken in cases of breaches of the SNV Code of Conduct.
We consider it the responsibility of all SNV staff members to be aware of the SNV Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct issues are published in our annual report.
SNV maintains a strict zero tolerance policy for cases of theft, fraud and misuse of resources. The SNV Fraud Response Procedure sets out the course of action that has to be taken when fraudulent activity is suspected or has taken place. SNV also has an SNV Whistle-blower Reporting Procedure in place which allows employees within SNV to report alleged irregularities for investigation confidentially and without fear of prejudice, while providing clear steps and measures to resolve the issue.
SNV does not tolerate harassment, abuse of power or workplace discrimination in any form or for any reason. Our values and policies on this matter are outlined in the SNV Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Procedure.
SNV supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and implements a Child Protection Procedure to protect children from abuse, discrimination or harm in the implementation of our activities.
We urge anyone who has a genuine concern about a case of theft, fraud, harassment, workplace discrimination or other form of misconduct, to consult our policies. If appropriate, they can make a report using one of the (confidential) tools that are outlined in the respective policies.
Cases reported are always published in our annual report.