The Canadian Council for International Co-operation was one of the first networks of civil society organizations in the world to adopt a code of ethics that included a collective statement of “Principles of Development” and a “Code of Conduct”. The Code of Ethics demonstrated CCIC members’ organizational commitment to ethical practice when it became the Council’s peer accountability framework in 1995. A further decade of experience and reflection resulted in a revised Code of Ethics in 2004 that incorporated sections on working in partnership with southern civil society organizations. In 2009, the code was once again updated and is now known as the Code of Ethics and Operational Standards. This document more clearly outlines the ethical principles that CCIC and its members must accept and promote. A set of operational standards, which includes a compliance procedure, guides practices.
Various resources are available to assist members in understanding the principles in the Code and applying the Standards. These include a Guidance document that elaborates each of the Code items and provides explanations and examples of good practice, and Frequently Asked Questions.