Ethics at CGIAR
We are all accountable.
The CGIAR System seeks to ensure the most effective use of all resources made available to us in support of our work to ensure a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation. Taking note of the sometimes-complex settings in which our research actions are undertaken, the CGIAR System Organization and each Center has defined for themselves operational policies and procedures to address inherent risks in all that we do.
To ensure accountability, the CGIAR System welcomes reporting of any illegal or unethical conduct (e.g., corruption, fraud, misuse of resources, abuse of authority, etc.) by anyone associated with our work. Our reporting mechanisms are available to everyone – staff, partners, contractors, suppliers, and anyone else who interacts with the CGIAR System, including the public at large.
The CGIAR System has zero tolerance for illegal or unethical conduct and will do whatever is reasonably possible to prevent, deter, identify, and sanction such behaviors.
If you are an employee of the CGIAR System Organization or one of the CGIAR Research Centers, please read the applicable internal policies which describe relevant reporting procedures and consider following those procedures first.
How to Report
Please make your report as specific as possible and send it directly to email@example.com. This will allow us to thoroughly review and respond to your concerns. The kind of information which is helpful to us includes:
- The nature of the illegal or unethical conduct that have reason to believe occurred.
- The location(s) and date(s) when it took place, or when you observed the issue.
- A description of what exactly happened.
- The names and job titles of those who were involved, and the organization(s) for which they work.
- The names of anyone else who knows about or shares your concerns.
- The reason why you think it should be investigated.
- Any other information you think is relevant for us to know.
Treatment of your Report
The CGIAR System Organization will take all reasonable reports seriously and will take action as appropriate. Every report will be reviewed to determine if the concern expressed needs to be examined further In some cases, depending on the nature of the concern, some reports may be directed to the relevant Center for additional review. If you choose to provide contact information confidentially, at certain points during the review process, you may be contacted for additional information.
The information you provide to the CGIAR System will be managed in a way that protects your confidentiality. This means that if you choose to identify yourself to us, we will ensure that your identity is not revealed to any parties who are the subject of the report, and we will maintain your identity within a small group who are following through on the concerns you have raised. As noted above, it may be helpful in following up on your report, if we are able to contact you to obtain additional information, and therefore we encourage you to provide your contact information in your report. If you prefer not to reveal your identity, you can still report anonymously, but we will not be able to update you on the progress of our review.
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