Business against Poverty is an accreditation and membership community. Accredited members who meet our code of ethics are authorised to carry the accreditation kite mark on their marketing material.

The community of business people care about the issues of poverty and ethical standards and are taking action.  The accreditation differentiates them from their competitors; it says something significant about them and their business.

1.  General

  1. Business against Poverty is the business community brand for People against Poverty which is a Christian charity,  Registration No.1097858
  2. We expect member companies to abide by our values with integrity and honesty.
  3. Members should show due respect for other members and should do nothing to damage reputation or business of any other member and their employees.

 2.  Dealings with customers

  1. Members should treat customers fairly, openly and honestly.
  2. Provide high standards of service.
  3. Deal effectively with complaints.

 3.   Dealings with employees

  1. Provide fair pay and where appropriate training and opportunities for personal development.
  2. Be intolerant of discrimination, harassment or victimisation.  Recognise diversity in recruitment and dealings with employees.
  3. Create a favourable employee relations environment in which the involvement of all employees is encouraged.
  4. Provide a clean, healthy and safe work environment, taking every reasonable precaution to avoid injury to colleagues and members of the public.
  5. Prohibit the use of forced or child labour.

4.   Dealings with suppliers of goods and services

  1. Maintain the highest possible standards of integrity in business relationships with suppliers.
  2. Encourage the use of suppliers who operate with values and standards equivalent to your own.
  3. Be fair and reasonable with creditors and debtors.

5.   Dealings with communities

  1. Encourage employees to participate in projects and initiatives to strengthen the social and economic well being of the communities where you work.
  2. Work to minimise any adverse environmental impact of your business operations.
  3. Ensure that you conduct your activities, as far as possible, in a manner sensitive to the cultural and social traditions of communities with which you come into contact.

6.   Use of the Business against Poverty branding and members association.

  1. Business against Poverty has no formal trading links with its members and therefore holds no liability whatsoever for any legal issues arising in the members business or false declarations of its members.
  2. The use of the logo, material and declarations of the Members Association should be used strictly in accordance with our guidelines.
  3. All business members agree to upload the logo onto their websites and link back to the charities work.

7.    Reasons for termination of membership

  1. If the annual membership donation is not paid within 30 days of the anniversary date of membership.
  2. Should a member fall short of the standards outlined in the Code of Ethics.

Business Against Poverty’s Ethics Policy is an integral part of this Agreement and in signing this Agreement the Member signifies to have read the aforementioned Ethics Policy and agrees not to engage in any activities or other forms of business practice that contravene the Ethics Policy.

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