Ethics, Values and Principles at the FSD

  1. 1. The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is recognising that all people are born free and equal in dignity; therefore, it respects fundamental human rights of everyone and promotes integrity and unity within the society. The FSD organisation is prepared to work beyond borders of politics, religion, caste, language, culture, race, and ethnicity, within the limits of the capacity and scope towards eliminating oppression, exploitation, discrimination, violence, injustice and develop public cooperation with humanity values.

  2. 2. The FSD organisation is responsible and accountable for its service executing towards reaching sustainable progress in the society, creating peace, ensuring justice, and balancing individual and public concerns at all levels by adopting democratic principles. The FSD is accountable for its actions, decisions, and outcomes, not only to its funding agencies and the government and but also to the community to whom it serves, and to the beneficiaries of the project, its staff and members, partner organisations, network members and the public at large with professional responsibility.

  3. 3. The Foundation for Sustainable Development is established to operate as non-profit organisation. Any surplus that is generated through its operations is to be utilised solely to help the organisation for fulfilling its mission. FSD is not to be operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business, and it must function as service-oriented institution for the welfare of weaker sections.

  4. 4. The FSD is consciousness and seriousness that all donations and funding are public money, therefore it should be used for fulfilling the aims and objectives of organisation based in the project goals which shall be towards public purposes and gain public trust with integrity.

  5. 5. The FSD is adopting records and information management system which includes bookkeeping, registers, finance documents, beneficiaries’ records, papers for legal obligations and other documents related to its projects as well as to fulfil government requirements.

  6. 6. The FSD is fulfilling its obligations according to the government laws on which it is organised and functioning. FSD is very strongly opposing to, and never be a willing partner to, corruption, bribery, terrorism, anti-national elements, extremism and other improprieties or illegalities. It shall be function within the constitutional framework of justice and fairness.

  7. 7. FSD is maintaining independence and not be rigidly allied or affiliated with any political party, although it may share a common political or legislative cause within the limit of its objectives and legal structure in line with its vision.

  8. 8. FSD is exploring possibilities and creating equal opportunities for the development of weaker sections by adopting people-cantered approach with non-judgmental attitude. It is building community ability for promoting leadership quality through strengthening of cross learning and sharing of best solutions for fulfilling dreams of the freedom fighters.

  9. 9. FSD is a constantly learning organisation and standardising its functions, financial review systems for promoting transparency and accountability with participatory reflections.

  10. 10. The mission of the FSD shall be reviewed periodically to determine if it is still relevant. Among issues to evaluate: (a) whether the mission has been fulfilled, either by the organisation or another entity, and thus whether there is a need for the organisation as currently constituted to continue to exist; (b) whether the mission should be revised to reflect societal changes; or (c) whether there is a desire for the FSD to address new needs that might require a new mission. Depending on the necessity the organisation shall evolve its vision and direction towards achieving equality and dignity in the society.

  11. 11. The activities of the FSD are critically examined periodically to determine their relevancy to the vision, their efficiency and effectiveness, the value of continuing the programs or revising them, and the need for projects. Among subjects to evaluate: (1) whether the activities are consistent with the current mission of the organisation or whether they need to be revised or discontinued considering changes in the mission; (2) the efficiency and effectiveness of the projects in achieving the objectives; (3) the outcomes and impacts of the project on the society; (4) the need for fund raising and development of new plans/proposals as well as collaboration with necessary entities.

  12. 12. It is reasonability of the governing board to approve the vision, mission, activities and approve finance reports and actively participate in the fundraising process. In approving the annual budget of activities, the governing body is to ascertain the percentage of the resources spent on administration, versus program expenses, and strive for a goal of at least 75% of revenue being used for programs, and ideally greater than 80% of its budget. The governing body shall manage the resources effectively and provide oversight regarding rules and legal requirements. It is duty of the FSD to exhibit genuine public accountability and transparency and should be honest in the information that it makes available to the public on its finance and functions.