Ethics policies

Ethics policies

World Vision Australia is committed to the highest standards of legal and ethical behaviour to ensure alignment with our values, and enable our mission to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities.

To maintain these standards and enhance our vision of life in all its fullness for every child, World Vision Australia has adopted a suite of ethics policies designed to protect our staff, our donors and our beneficiaries and reinforce a culture of openness, honesty and integrity across the organisation.

Code of Conduct Policy: Sets out the standard of behaviour required of all World Vision Australia staff, contractors, volunteers and Board of Directors.

Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy: Our policy regarding safeguarding children and vulnerable adult beneficiaries from harm.

Conflicts of Interest PolicyAs stewards of donor funds, our staff and directors are required to conduct themselves in an ethical manner and exercise objectivity in decision-making in performing their duty to World Vision Australia. Every effort must be made to avoid conflicts, whether actual or potential, between the interests of the organisation and the person's own interests. This policy requires that potential conflicts of interest are disclosed, considered and managed appropriately.

Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy: This policy creates an environment and culture to support individuals and World Vision Australia to maintain high levels of integrity and public trust. The policy outlines our position on responding to offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality, and providing gifts, benefits and hospitality. 

Procurement and Contract PolicyThe sound management of procurement and contracts is vital to ensure that World Vision Australia builds and maintains the highest levels of integrity and trust from donors in our work and mission, and that suppliers trust that World Vision Australia treats them fairly. This policy outlines key principles and guidance to management and staff to ensure that World Vision Australia obtains good value for money in a fair, simple and ethical manner.  

Financial Wrongdoing and Corruption Control PolicyThis policy helps develop a culture that educates and supports employees in the prevention of financial wrongdoing to ensure robust stewardship over donated funds. 

Protected Disclosure (Whistleblower) Policy: World Vision Australia is committed to the highest standards of legal, ethical and moral behaviour. A key part of supporting ethical standards in World Vision Australia is enabling people to speak up about unethical or unlawful conduct.

Complaints Policy: How we listen and respond to concerns and complaints from our supporters, partners and the communities we serve.

Non-Development Activity Statement: World Vision Australia is committed to ensuring that it accurately represents its activities to the people it works with, its donors and the public. This statement guides World Vision Australia and its partners to make a clear separation between our development and humanitarian and non-development objectives and activities.