The Good Law Project Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put Good Law Project’s values of bravery, honesty and decisiveness into practice. It’s built around the recognition that everything we do in connection with our work at Good Law Project will be, and should be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethical conduct. We set the bar that high for practical as well as aspirational reasons: our commitment to the highest standards helps us do important work, hire great people, and attract loyal supporters. Respect for our supporters, for the opportunity to do this work, and for each other is foundational to our success.
The Code of Conduct should be read by Good Law Project staff members in conjunction with the relevant HR policies, which will be hyperlinked as and when they are prepared and approved.
Who Must Follow Our Code?
We expect all of our employees, Board members and volunteers to know and follow the Code. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
Uphold the integrity and reputation of Good Law Project.
- Be accountable for the professional and personal actions you take.
- Demonstrate integrity, truthfulness, dedication and honesty in your actions.
- Be respectful and courteous.
- Work transparently and proactively share information with the rest of the team.
- Hold your hand up if you get something wrong.
- Candidly reflect on your successes and failures.
- Act flexibly and responsively, in line with the needs of the Good Law Project and the processes we have put in place.
- Maintain the highest ethical standards and report any form of unethical activity in the workplace.
Treat all people with respect and dignity and challenge any form of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, exploitation or abuse.
- Show respect for all persons equally without distinction whatsoever of race, gender, religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, language, marital status, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, political conviction, or any other distinguishing feature.
- Refrain from making assumptions about others’ characteristics.
- Refrain from making generalisations about the lives, lived experiences and views of particular groups – particularly in relation to social and political matters.
- Strive to increase your awareness of the barriers to equality.
- Strive to remove barriers to equality.
- Ensure your behaviour is not exploitative or abusive in any way.
- Refrain from harassment, discrimination, physical or verbal abuse, intimidation or favouritism in the workplace. Report any such behaviours or malpractice in the workplace by others.
Contribute to building a positive, collaborative culture and a harmonious workplace based on mutual respect and understanding.
- Show respect to all colleagues, regardless of status or position, and allow all colleagues the opportunity to have their views heard, and to contribute from their knowledge and experience.
- Respect your colleagues’ privacy.
- Seek to resolve differences and problems when they arise.
- Proactively volunteer mistakes you have made to peers or managers and work to ensure their consequences are ameliorated and, so far as is possible, their repetition is avoided. Those to whom mistakes are volunteered should respond in a way that facilitates a culture of transparency and avoids recrimination wherever possible.
- Be open to listening to and accepting feedback and invest time in offering feedback.
- Contribute to building constructive dialogue, guided by mutual respect and an open, positive approach, between management and staff.
- Create and maintain a culture of respect for team members’ lives outside of work, including respecting non-working days and hours.
- If you are a manager of other staff, provide timely feedback on the performance of each team member through guidance, motivation and full recognition of their merits.
Perform duties and conduct private affairs in a manner that avoids possible conflicts of interest with the work of Good Law Project.
- Declare any financial, personal, family (or close intimate relationship) interest in matters which may impact on the work of Good Law Project.
- Advise Good Law Project of any intention to seek a nomination as a prospective candidate or another official role for any political party or public office to clarify whether any conflict, or perceived conflicts, with your duties with Good Law Project may arise.
- Act against any form of corruption and not offer, promise, give or accept any bribes.