Ethical Business Practices

February 2018
Last Updated
May 5, 2021

To better ensure ethical conduct, the division has taken the following steps:

  1. Developed a thorough Code of Ethics – which is reviewed annually and updated as required. This document and related policy clarifies expectations, establishes consistent standards and projects a responsible public image. All Board members, staff contractors and volunteers are required to sign this document. Ethical concerns are discussed openly without fear of negative repercussions.
  2. Promotes ethical behaviour and public trust by ensuring that funds are used in a socially responsible way. Salaries and contractor hourly rates are modest. Division publicity and reports reflect total candor and accuracy and funds are used for the purposes outlined in publicity materials. Recognizing that publicity and fundraising expenses are necessary in order to ensure long-term viability of its programs, the division carefully monitors administrative and program expenses, ensuring cost-effective utilization of funds.
    The division upholds transparency in solicitation materials and grant proposals and does not accept donations that have any unpalatable associations or conditions. The division recognizes its fiduciary obligations to use resources in a principled way by being accountable to its stakeholders; funders and those who receive services alike. It has a plan for furthering its objectives by evaluating specific outcomes including satisfaction, achievements, and number of people served.
  3. Promotes a strong ethical culture by encouraging leadership with integrity, reinforcement of ethical conduct amongst peers, and integrating its values in day-to-day decision making. Ethical concerns are woven into all division activities, including resource allocation, strategic planning, personnel and compensation decisions, performance evaluations, communications, and public relations.