Sustainable progress, peace, and justice require that all organisations contribute to the common good. Thus, Cosmopolitan Aid Foundation (CAF) should integrate self-development and service to others, balancing individual and public concerns, focusing on higher, broader, and more public levels of service.
- Responsibly maintaining itself, CAF should conduct its activities for the sake of others, whether for the public at large or a particular segment of the public.
- Public money must not be misused for selfish purposes and all public assets are to be treated with utmost seriousness, as a public trust.
- CAF will recognize that its conduct and activities impact on the public’s perception of NGO and that it shares responsibility for the public’s trust of the NGO.
- CAF will exhibit a responsible and caring attitude toward the environment in all of its activities.
Significant progress toward world peace and global well-being can be fostered through inter-religious, intercultural, and interracial work, and across artificial barriers of politics and ethnicity that tend to separate people and their institutions. CAF will maintain ethical, cooperative relationships with other NGOs, and should partner where possible and appropriate for the sake of the greater public good. CAF will be willing to work beyond borders of politics, religion, culture, race and ethnicity, within the limits of the organising documents and with organisations and individuals that share common values and objectives.
As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1). The family is the fundamental natural group unit of society promoting human rights and human dignity. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16):
- CAF will not violate any person’s fundamental human rights, with which each person is endowed.
- CAF ascertains that all people are born free and equal in dignity.
- CAF will be sensitive to the moral values, religion, customs, traditions, and culture of the communities it will serve.
- CAF will respect the integrity of families and support family-based life.
“Everyone has the right of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18).
CAF will respect religious freedom.
CAF will strive for openness and honesty internally and toward donors and members of the public.
- CAF will be transparent in all of its dealings with the government, the public, donors, partners, beneficiaries, and other interested parties, except for personal matters and proprietary information.
- CAF’s basic financial information, governance structure, activities, and listing of officers and partnerships shall be open and accessible to public scrutiny and CAF is to make effort to inform the public about its work and the origin and use of its resources.
- CAF will be accountable for its actions and decisions, not only to its funding agencies and the government, but also to the people it serves, its staff and members, partner organisations, and the public at large.
CAF will be honest and truthful in its dealings with its donors, project beneficiaries, staff, membership, partner organisations, government, and the public in general, and will respect the laws of any jurisdiction in which it is active.
- CAF will give out accurate information, whether regarding itself and its projects, or regarding any individual, organisation, project, or legislation it opposes or is discussing.
- CAF will fulfil its obligations under the laws of the nation in which it is organised or works, and must be strongly opposed to, and not be a willing partner to, corruption, bribery, and other financial improprieties or illegalities.
- CAF will have a policy for staff and volunteers to confidentially bring evidence to the governing body of misconduct of anyone associated with the organisation.
- CAF will meet all of the legal obligations in the countries in which it is organised or works. Such obligations may include laws of incorporation, fundraising legislation, equal employment opportunity principles, health and safety standards, privacy rules, trademark and copyright legislation, etc.
- CAF will take prompt corrective action whenever wrongdoing is discovered among its staff, governing body, volunteers, contractors and partners.