Piotr Frączak The Polish National Federation of NGOs The Foundation for Development of Civil Society . Ethical Codes and problems with their implementation – Polish examples. Ethical Codes versus standards. A Code concerns: Definite organization, Definite environment,
The Polish National Federation of NGOs
The Foundation for Development of Civil Society
Ethical Codes and problems with their implementation – Polish examples
A Code concerns:
Values or standards?
Democratically (from below)
By experts (from outside)
Elitisticly (from above)
Because if we don’t limit ourselves, the authorities will do that
We will be identified with pathology
Because this way we can promote ourselves
We can proof we’re better than others.
Lack of clear priorities
Card of Principles for Non-Governmental Organizations 1996
Decalogue of NGO 1997
Card of Principles for Organizations which Monitor Activity of Public Administration 2001
Ethical Card of Ecological NGO’s
What can be done to empower the Card (to be effective or ennobling)?
What can be done to make the Card unequivocal and not full of platitudes?
What can be done to assure that the Card is observed?
What can be done in the situation where one is not obeying the Card?
In contrast to the countries with strong democratical roots, where standards are coming more from social acceptance and self-organizational tradition, in Poland Card of Principles or Ethical Card would be strongly connected with the process of III sector institutionalization. What is more, this process will be satisfactory enough if organizations agree on basic standards( both ethical and operational), which are essential for the III sector (and its particular branches) in our conditions.