Survival and ten other leading charities launch code of conduct

June 9, 2006

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Survival International and ten other leading charities have launched a ground-breaking code of conduct for NGOs (non-governmental organisations).

Survival, Oxfam, Amnesty, Greenpeace, Civicus  and six other charities have joined forces to launch the Accountability Charter, which sets new standards of openness and ethical behaviour in reporting, fundraising and campaigning.

The eleven founding NGOs are now inviting other international NGOs to sign up to the Charter.

Survival's Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘This is a really important initiative. NGOs today can be very powerful in influencing public opinion and shaping government policy, and it is important to recognise that this power brings with it a heavy responsibility in terms of openness and ethical behaviour. This Charter sets the benchmark which we hope other charities will follow.'

Besides Survival, the other founding members of the Charter are ActionAid International, Amnesty International, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Consumers International, Greenpeace International, Oxfam International, International Save the Children Alliance, International Federation Terre des Hommes, Transparency International and World YWCA.

To read a copy of the Charter, click here.

For more information call Miriam Ross on (+44) (0)20 7687 8734 or email [email protected]