Ethics Training, Advice, and Additional Resources

The CGIAR Office of Ethics and Business Conduct is committed to providing a range of services to CGIAR staff and entities. These include training and outreach to support an ethical culture in line with CGIAR’s Core Ethical Values, confidential and individualized advice, policy development, as well as helping to address issues of research and scientific ethics. A number of useful resources have been provided below.


Taking our Ethics to 2022 and beyond

“CGIAR: Taking our ethics to 2022 and beyond” is also available with French, Arabic and Spanish subtitles.

Please watch this space for additional materials to come, including an “Ethical Moments” series.

For entity-specific training for CGIAR staff, please contact the relevant CGIAR entity’s Human Resources/People and Culture office regarding training programs and timelines, or feel free to reach out to the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct to set up training sessions.


The Office of Ethics and Business Conduct provides confidential, individualized advice to CGIAR staff on a wide range of issues, including:

Discrimination Obligations as an international civil servant
External activities Personal and financial conflicts of interest
Gifts Political activities
Harassment Post-CGIAR employment
Misuse of resources and non-public information Publications and Press Statements

Please reach out to to set up an appointment. Where applicable and with the staff member’s consent, the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct may discuss the issue or concern with the relevant CGIAR entity on a confidential basis.

Additional resources

CGIAR Ethics and Business Conduct Annual Report

CGIAR-wide ethics policies:

Further CGIAR-wide ethics and business conduct policies are currently under development. For a CGIAR entity’s governing ethics policies (including codes of conduct, safeguarding policies, anti-harassment, whistleblowing, etc.) please contact the entity’s Human Resources/People and Culture office.

In addition, there are a wide range of resources to support staff, including e-learning, toolkits, counseling and more. Please refer to the Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge Hub for further details.

For information on CGIAR’s GENDER platform, hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and designed to put gender equality at the forefront of global agricultural research for development, please visit the GENDER Platform page.

For any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct by emailing or report via the anonymous whistleblowing hotline International Toll-free Hotline Access Instructions.pdf ( or anonymous incident reporting online

CGIAR has launched an Ombuds Office to assist staff and consultants to navigate interpersonal and institutional issues. CGIAR’s new Ombudsperson is Dr. Anu Rao, Ph.D. Anu may be contacted by email at for appointments. Anu adheres to the tenets, ethics and values, and the standards of practice, of the International Ombuds Association. This means that CGIAR’s Ombuds Office is a resource for fairness and an impartial, independent, informal, and confidential resource for CGIAR.

Details on the responses and the investigation path are available here. 

Photo: Documenting the impact of improved climbing beans in Rwanda. Photo by N. Palmer/Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT.