Article 4: Specific behaviour
a. Discrimination, sexual harassment and aggression
EWB-NL is committed to the preservation of human dignity and equal rights. Respect for diversity and non-violence guide the organisation’s actions.
Discrimination, sexual harassment and aggression are not permitted;
Discriminating, sexist or other offensive or humiliating acts, statements or jokes, whether verbal or in writing, are not permitted;
Aggressive acts or statements are not permitted;
b. Abuse of power
EWB-NL is committed to equal rights.
EWB-NL Engineers are forbidden to use the power that comes with their function within a EWB-NL project for personal gain or for the benefit of family or friends;
Under no circumstances are EWB-NL Engineers allowed to take bribes or enrich themselves in other ways;
EWB-NL Engineers must not accept personal gifts from beneficiaries or subcontractors in the form of money, goods or services with a monetary value of more than 25 Euro;
c. Conflicts of interest
EWB-NL considers it important that the various interests relevant to a specific situation are carefully weighed against each other.
EWB-NL Engineers are not permitted to negotiate or maintain business relationships between their relatives and EWB-NL;
EWB-NL Engineers who have their own business or who have financial interests in particular businesses may under no circumstances sign contracts between EWB-NL and these businesses;
As soon as an EWB-NL Engineer suspects that a conflict of interest may occur, he must discuss this with the relevant board member or project manager.
d. Use of EWB-NL’s property and knowledge
EWB-NL is aware that its material and immaterial properties are valuable and have been obtained thanks to the gifts of others. This is why it will always treat these properties with great care.
EWB-NL issues equipment and supplies to its EWB-NL Engineers so they can carry out their duties. EWB-NL property is for business use only;
EWB-NL Engineers may use the EWB-NL office for meetings and working on projects. They shall take care of the office and interior to not damage anything and ensure the office is clean when leaving (this includes placing any trash and leftovers in the correct bins and placing any dishes or mugs in the kitchen sink). Furthermore they shall keep the office safe by not losing their access card and close the office properly when leaving.
EWB-NL Engineers may not use institutional knowledge and information for personal gain.
e. Relationships with other EWB-NL Engineers
The bond between people is one of the pillars of EWB-NL’s activities. This means relationships between people must be handled with care. The basic principle here is respect for diversity and appreciation for each other’s contribution to EWB-NL’s results.
EWB-NL Engineers work and socialise with each other in an open and professional manner and respect each other’s cultural, religious and political differences;
Personal friendships between EWB-NL Engineers may not stand in the way of EWB-NL’s mission;
Non-violence is a guiding principle for the actions of EWB-NL. EWB-NL is committed to providing its EWB-NL Engineers with a safe, secure working environment.
During their work for EWB-NL, EWB-NL Engineers are not permitted to own, carry or otherwise have weapons at their disposal.
g. Drugs and alcohol
EWB-NL believes it is important that its associates find the right balance between work and relaxation.
EWB-NL Engineers may under no circumstances work under the influence of any drugs, legal or illegal, that impair their ability to do their job properly;
Drugs are not allowed at the EWB-NL project sites;
Working under the influence of alcohol is not permitted.
h. Sexual relationships
EWB-NL has set itself the goal to address wealth and power inequalities. This is also relevant to sexual relationships.
EWB-NL Engineers who are in a sexual relationship with a colleague, programme beneficiary, relative of a programme beneficiary or person who works for an organisation or a business with a contractual relationship with EWB-NL, must report this to their supervisor or manager so he or she can assess to what extent this jeopardises the EWB-NL’s integrity.