Code of Ethics
The Mahatma Gandhi Centre’s work is focused on the villages to enhance community well being by helping to meet the basic human needs of all with particular attention to people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Workers associated with the Mahatma Gandhi Centre (Centre Workers) promote social justice and social change by rendering advice to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs at the level of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The guidelines set out here are prescriptions for all Centre Workers, and as ethical responsibilities flow from all human relationships, applications of these guidelines will take into account the potential impact on the clients, Centre Worker’s own personal values, cultural and religious beliefs and practices within the human context in which these guidelines are considered.
Principles adhered by all Centre Workers will:-
• Accept and put into practice the Gandhian principles of simplicity, tolerance, respect for all human beings and non-violence as general guidelines
• Volunteer portion of their time, professional skills with no expectation of financial return.
• Pursue social change by ensuring access to needed information, services, resources, equality of opportunity and meaningful people’s participation in decision making.
• Have a knowledge base of their clients’ cultures and be sensitive during the provision of services.
• Take primary responsibility to promote the well being of clients and therefore, the Centre Workers will assist clients in their efforts to identify and clarify their goals.
• Provide services and represent themselves as competent only within the boundaries of their education, training, and certification.
• Not take unfair advantage of any professional relationship or exploit others to further their personal, religious, political, or business interests
• Respect clients’ right to privacy and seek no private information from clients unless it is essential to providing services and, once private information is shared, strict standards of confidentiality will apply
• Under no circumstances Centre Workers use derogatory language nor cause sexual harassments to clients which includes sexual advances, sexual solicitation, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
• Not be under the influence of alcohol while on any MGC assignment and exercise maximum restraint even when provoked by unacceptable client or fellow worker behavior
• Not accept goods or services from clients as payment for professional services or solicit a private fee or other remuneration for providing services to clients
• Abide by the rules of the host team and its leadership, and contribute to the well being of clients if a Centre Worker is sent as a member of another interdisciplinary team
• Under no circumstance the worker discriminate on the basis of race, religion, caste, culture, territorial affiliation or on personal judgment of “good victims” and therefore should be helped and “bad victims” and therefore should be neglected
• Abide by the decision of the Mahatma Gandhi Board as final when there are conflicts and cannot be resolved by parties to such conflict
Responsibilities of the Centre Workers will:-
• Have the necessary knowledge and skill to supervise or consult if sent on supervision or consultation missions
• Ensure that documentation in records is accurate and reflects the services provided including impact of services on the clients
• Not permit worker’s private conduct to interfere with the ability to fulfill professional responsibilities
• Not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception
• Not participate in any political activity or make statements on behalf of the organization unless with a written consent of authority by the organization to do so
• Not make any promises or commit the organization more than the assignment given to the Centre worker
• Strictly abide and respect the law of the country as well as the local etiquettes in the field, and take no advantage of being attached to the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in case of personal misconduct
• Refrain from intoxicants and avoid being the cause or party to a conflict or altercations.