A6: Ethical principles for charities: Why they are important, and how you can use them

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Over recent years charities have increasingly come under criticism for not going far enough in demonstrating their ethics in everything they do. Whether it’s fundraising or service delivery, campaigning or working with corporate, the public expects charities to always reflect their charitable mission and values.

Rules and procedures are important, but often what are required are moral judgements. The difficulty of these can be reduced by the reference to an ethical framework or principles.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Be given an overview of the ‘Charity Ethical Principles’ developed by NCVO
  • Hear from other sectors about their experience and the benefits of using a code of ethics

Have an opportunity to discuss how to use the principles to overcome their own ethical dilemmas

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  • Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy, NCVO
  • Dame Mary Marsh, Chair, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


  • Alistair Brown, Policy Officer, Museums Association
  • Frances Brown, Head of Governance and Chief Executive's Office, British Red Cross
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