The Cause Fund, Inc. Ethics Policy reflects the high standard of business conduct representing what is the hallmark of our organization. Our Ethics Policy helps define our commitment to support a culture of openness, trust and integrity in all we do.
We are committed to conducting all of Cause Fund, Inc. affairs and activities with the highest standards of ethical conduct. All of us have an obligation to adhere to this policy and encourage others to do the same.
As volunteers and staff, we are passionate about working with all of our customers. We must dedicate ourselves to pursuing our mission with honesty, fairness and respect for the individual, ever mindful that there is no “right way” to do the “wrong thing.”
The Ethics Policy helps clarify our standard of conduct. It makes clear that Cause Fund, Inc. expects volunteers and employees to understand the ethical considerations associated with their actions. Our Ethics Policy affirms our long standing commitment to not merely obey the law, but also to conduct our business with integrity and without deception.
Cause Fund’s reputation for integrity and honesty is more important today than ever before. As we think of “what we do” at Cause Fund, Inc. and “how we do it,” always remember our responsibility to ask ourselves: “Am I doing the ‘right thing’ for the ‘right reason‘?”
Code of Ethics
The summary code of ethics includes the following provisions:
Cause Fund employees and volunteers must:
- Proactively promote ethical behavior as a responsible partner among peers in the work environment.
- Deal fairly with Cause Fund Customers, suppliers, competitors, volunteers, and employees.
- Provide constituents with information that is accurate, completely objective, relevant, timely, and understandable.
- Comply with applicable government laws, rules and regulations.
- Maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by Cause Fund, Inc. or its Customers except when authorized or otherwise legally obligated to disclose.
- Accept responsibility for preventing, detecting, and reporting all manner of fraud.
- Be honest and ethical in their conduct, including ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
- Protect and ensure the proper use of company assets.
- Prohibit improper or fraudulent influence over the External Auditor.
The purpose for this ethics policy is to support a culture of openness, trust, and integrity in all Cause Fund, Inc. management and business practices. A well understood ethics policy requires the participation and support of every Cause Fund volunteer and employee.
At Cause Fund, we are dedicated to working with our volunteers, employees, partners, vendors and customers to promote and facilitate Social Emotional Learning. We are committed to conducting all of the Cause Fund’s affairs and activities with the highest standards of ethical conduct. Cause Fund Code of Ethics provides guidance for decisions and actions during our daily work.
We are committed to the responsible use of Cause Fund assets; to provide accurate, complete and objective information; to respect the confidentiality of financial and other information; to act in good faith and exercise due care in all we do; to comply with all rules and regulations, and to proactively promote ethical behavior.
Cause Fund’s Ethics are built on the Cause Fund’s Guiding Values. As such, we acknowledge our individual responsibility to ensure our collective success by practicing and promoting the following values which reflect a shared view of how we want to operate and be seen by others.
- Improving People’s Lives
- Bringing Social Emotional Learning Skills to Everyone in the Community
- Building Powerful Partnerships
- Inspiring Passionate Commitment to Health Related Causes
- Meeting Students and Their Families Where They Are and Help Them get Where They are Going
- Creating a Culture of Compassion and Empathy to Communities
- Ensuring Equitable Access to Students and Their Communities for Every Worthy Health Cause
- Making an Extraordinary Impact
Cause Fund is committed to provide a work environment that values diversity among its volunteers and employees. All Human Resource policies and activities are intended to create a respectful workplace where every individual has the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
Employees are provided opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status or disability. These policies apply to both applicants and employees in all phases of employment including, recruiting, hiring, placement, training, development, transfer, promotion, demotion, performance reviews, compensation, benefits and separation from employment.
We will evaluate how we are living up to our code of ethics by requesting feedback on a regular basis from our employees, volunteers and customers. We will provide all of our stakeholders a mechanism to report unethical conduct. We will begin with employee orientation and regularly communicate all of these expectations to employees and volunteers.
Cause Fund volunteers, employees, contractors and suppliers are expected to report any practices or actions believed to be inappropriate to a board member.
We are dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. We are devoted to developing “customer enthusiasm” and are passionate about exceeding customer expectations. We dedicate ourselves to anticipating the changing needs of customers and creating timely, innovative and superior programs, products and services.
Fraud is defined as any intentional act or omission designed to deceive others, resulting in the victim suffering a loss and/or the perpetrator achieving a gain. The Cause Fund Board of Directors has adopted a “no fraud tolerance” attitude. In addition to the Board, volunteers, management and staff at all levels of the organization have responsibility for preventing, detecting and reporting fraud.
In addition to the definition of fraud set out above, this policy covers any dishonest or fraudulent act, including but not limited to:
- Misappropriation of funds, securities, supplies or other assets.
- Impropriety in the handling or reporting of money or financial transactions.
- Profiteering as a result of insider knowledge of company plans or activities.
- Disclosing confidential and proprietary information to outside parties.
- Intentional, false representation or concealment of a material fact for the purpose of inducing another to act upon it to procure an advantage, benefit or gain.
- Accepting or seeking anything of material value from contractors, vendors or persons providing services/materials to Cause Fund, unless pursuant to the Acceptance of Gifts Policy.’
- Destruction, removal, or unauthorized use of records, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
- Any similar or related irregularity.
Each member of management will be familiar with the types of improprieties that might occur within his or her area of responsibility and be alert for any indication of irregularity. An employee, volunteer, consultant, vendor, contractor, or outside agency doing business with Cause Fund shall immediately report any irregularity that is detected or suspected, as instructed below under ‘Reporting Ethics Violations.’ Any employee or person who suspects or reports dishonest or fraudulent activity shall not attempt to personally conduct investigations or interviews related to any suspected fraudulent act. Investigations will be coordinated with the Legal Department and other affected groups, both internal and external. .
Organization’s Property and Information
Employees and volunteers are expected to protect Cause Fund’s property at all times; including cash, equipment, records, employee, and customer information. This also requires employees and volunteers to maintain confidentiality regarding Cause Fund records, and employee and customer information.
It is Cause Fund policy that the volunteer membership and staff structures and all programs and activities of the Cause Fund, its Affiliates and components shall be designed and conducted without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or other non-merit criteria.
If you have questions or concerns about compliance with any of the policies listed above, or are unsure about what is the “right thing” to do, we strongly encourage you to first talk with a Board Member. Your calls will be handled in confidence. No director, trustee, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an action or suspected action taken by or within Cause Fund that is illegal, fraudulent, or in violation of any adopted policy will suffer intimidation, harassment, discrimination or other retaliation. Cause Fund, Inc. treats complaints about and reports of possible discrimination seriously and investigates them as required by our procedures and any applicable laws.
Last updated July 1, 2017