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Code of Ethical Pariniciples and Standards of Professional Practice

Statement of Ethical Principles

The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean will operate with:

  • Integrity, honesty, truthfulness, transparency, servanthood, and adherence to the obligation to safeguard the public trust;
  • The highest standards, professionalism, and conscience;
  • The cause of Christ and His Church always above personal gain;
  • Improving professional knowledge and skills so as to better serve member-bodies, the wider Evangelical community, and the general public;
  • Concern for the interests and well being of those affected by its actions;
  • Value for privacy and confidentiality;
  • Cultural diversity, treating all people with respect;
  • Adherence to thes pirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations;
  • Avoidance of even the appearance of any criminal offence or professional misconduct.

Standards of Professional Practice

  1. EAC shall not engage in activities that harm member-bodies or the wider Christian community but serve the cause of Jesus Christ in an efficient manner, not hindering the efforts of other established and functioning ministries.
  2. EAC shall not engage in activities that conflict with its fiduciary, ethical, and legal obligations but shall comply with all applicable laws.
  3. EAC shall disclose all potential or actual conflicts of interest; such disclosure does not preclude or imply ethical impropriety.
  4. EAC shall not engage in activities that harm member-bodies or the wider Christian community but serve the cause of Jesus Christ in an efficient manner, not hindering the efforts of other established and functioning ministries.
  5. EAC shall not engage in activities that conflict with its fiduciary, ethical, and legal obligations but shall comply with all applicable laws.
  6. EAC shall disclose all potential or actual conflicts of interest; such disclosure does not preclude or imply ethical impropriety.
  7. EAC shall ensure annual audits of financial records are prepared by an outside professional showing reasonable detail and these financial statements shall be available upon request.
  8. EAC staff shall recognise their individual boundaries of competence and be forthcoming and truthful about their professional experience and qualifications and conduct their activities within generally accepted professional standards of accuracy, truth, and good taste.
  9. EAC staff shall be on a predetermined salary; commission or percentage reimbursement for services rendered are deemed unethical and unprofessional practices.
  10. EAC shall take care to ensure that all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect its mission and use of solicited funds in keeping with Luke 6:31.
  11. EAC shall take care to inform donors and potential donors about the value and tax implications of actual and potential gifts.
  12. EAC shall take utmost care to ensure that contributions are used in accordance with donors?intentions.
  13. EAC shall take care to ensure proper stewardship of contributions and donations, including timely reports on the use and management of funds.
  14. EAC shall obtain explicit consent from the donor before altering the conditions and application of a gift.
  15. EAC and its staff shall not disclose privileged or confidential information to unauthorised parties.
  16. EAC shall not share, rent, or sell its mailing lists.
  17. EAC shall, when stating finances, use accurate and consistent accounting methods that conform to the legislative requirements of the country where the financial statements are prepared.
  18. EAC embraces the principle of mutual accountability. Where EAC enters into partnership with another agency that agency will be expected to give written commitment to confidentiality, supply a copy of its own Code of Ethical Principles, supply the same level of accountability and documentation it requests of EAC, and ensure that information supplied by EAC shall not be used for any purpose by the organisation or its agents without the explicit written consent of EAC's Chief Executive Officer.
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