Safeguarding at Action Against Hunger
Mar 5 2018
Action Against Hunger works in nearly 50 countries, employing over 8,000 staff, for a world free from hunger.
We have a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse of power, sexual exploitation and unethical behaviour. This longstanding commitment is stated in our charter of principles. These core principles and institutional commitments are served by specific policies such as our Code of Conduct and our Child Protection Policy. These are applicable to all employees, officers, directors, board members or any person acting on behalf of Action Against Hunger. We have a whistleblowing policy to encourage staff to come forward if they have any concerns and if an allegation is made, procedures are in place to ensure immediate and necessary action is taken.
During the period 2012 to 2017 across the Action Against Hunger International Network, there were 12 incidents of sexual harassment within the organisation and 7 incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse of power. All were thoroughly investigated and all cases resulted in disciplinary measures, dismissals or contracts not being renewed.
No cases of sexual harassment or abuse involving children have ever been reported in any countries where Action Against Hunger staff work.
The safeguarding of our staff and the vulnerable communities that we work with is of paramount importance to all that we do. We have robust safeguarding policies in place that are effectively communicated across the organisation. We constantly review our policies and procedures and are committed to continuously improving the ways in which we address the risk of sexual exploitation and indeed any type of abuse. Proactively liaising with our counterparts across the aid sector to build upon best practice we recognise is key.
Action Against Hunger has a dedicated International Gender Policy that ensures that gender equality is enhanced and protected across all areas of our work. We are dedicated to building a world where abuse, harassment and violence against anyone is not tolerated.
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