Code of Conduct

Preamble: The Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN) attributes supreme importance to human dignity and non-discriminatory practices, irrespective of religion, nationality, race, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, gender, age, religion, political or disability opinion. […]

Preamble:

The Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN) attributes supreme importance to human dignity and non-discriminatory practices, irrespective of religion, nationality, race, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, gender, age, religion, political or disability opinion.

WAC strives to implement fair labor relations, and works to prevent the employment of workers – whether citizens or not – under degrading or illegal conditions or those that violate human rights. As part of this, WAC acts to uphold the right of association of all workers, and strongly opposes the trafficking of workers, forced labor, child labor, and the violation of privacy in the workplace.

WAC works as hard as it can to implement safe and healthy working relationships, which prevent physical and mental burnout, and without harassment of workers of any kind.

All staff of WAC-MAAN, including the elected delegates of its trade union, Jews and Arabs, will fulfill the following in their professional actions:

1.   PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

  • Respect WAC’s principles as above, with no traces of discrimination,  or racism, upholding gender sensitivity. 
  • They will not take advantage of their power and influence due to their status in relation to the lives and well-being of the communities and people under their responsibility, nor will they seek or receive any personal service or benefit from those communities and people.
  • They will not engage in exploitative relationships – sexual, emotional, financial or employment-related – with any person of the communities served, stakeholders, staff members or other persons.
  • They will act to protect workers from physical or mental burnout, ensuring healthy and safe working conditions, including any sort of sexual, physical or psychological harassment, verbal included.
  • They will defend women and men who suffer from sexual abuse, including at work. WAC will appoint a women from among its staff to act as a Complaint Delegate. Her phone number will be published below.
  • In case a worker, or elected delegate, knows about any incidents of sexual harassment conducted by WAC staff or elected delegates, they must at once inform the Complaint Delegate as well as the Executive Director. 
  • They will be respectful and courteous toward all persons with whom they deal, including colleagues, beneficiaries, local leaders and government representatives, representatives of operational and implementing partners, donors and other NGOs and colleagues.
  • Act in a manner that ensures the interests of the most vulnerable populations and individuals served.
  • Respect the privacy of individuals served, ensuring inter alia the confidentiality of any personal information obtained due to their work (including photographs), which shall be used publicly only with their consent.

2.   CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

  • WAC staff and elected members will perform their official duties and conduct their private affairs in a manner that avoids conflicts of interest, thereby preserving and enhancing public confidence in WAC-MAAN.
  • They will respect the mandate, objectives and values of WAC-MAAN and ensure that personal views, behavior and beliefs, including political and religious convictions, do not adversely affect official duties or activities performed on behalf of WAC-MAAN.

3.   FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL RESOURCES

  • WAC staff and elected members will safeguard and make responsible use of the information and resources to which they have access because of their employment or involvement with WAC-MAAN.
  • They will handle WAC-MAAN’s financial and material resources with the utmost care, safeguard these against theft or other damage, keep and maintain them properly, and ensure that unauthorized and unethical use of funds or private misuse does not occur.
  • In case a staff worker or an elected delegate learns about misuse of WAC funds or property, he/she must put WAC’s priority over any other calculations and inform the executive director at once.
  • WAC staff and elected members will conduct all official duties with integrity, free from any taint of dishonesty or corruption.
  • All internal data (unpublished) or database material related to WAC-MAAN, as well as its members, should remain confidential. This material should not be transferred to other parties without the permission of WAC’s Executive Director. In the case of a worker’s lay-off or resignation, he/she will not use the WAC-MAAN database under any condition.

The person responsible to receive complaints about sexual harassment or any violation of the ethic cod is Mrs. Wafa Tiara 050-4330036

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