Code of Ethics

East Europe Foundation’s Values
Impact – We believe that East Europe Foundation’s impact on community development should be strategic and measurable against key indicators, drawn from East Europe Foundation’s skills as a leader, a catalyst, a social investor and an advocate for progress.
Integrity – We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do.  We believe that honesty, transparency and good stewardship engender trust among our beneficiaries and stakeholders.
Respect – We respect our beneficiaries, our donors, our staff, and other implementing agencies as partners in community development.  We embrace diversity among our staff, our partners and the communities we work in, without discrimination, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or political affiliation.

East Europe Foundation Staff Policy
East Europe Foundation shall make decisions and act in compliance with high ethical standards, avoiding conflict of interests in its decision-making process.

East Europe Foundation shall implement programs and provide charitable aid to partners and recipients based on the quality of the project documents they provide. East Europe Foundation employees shall provide grant and contract applicants and aid recipients with equal access to information and advice in compliance with East Europe Foundation’s policies and program priorities. East Europe Foundation employees, advisors and Board members are not permitted to accept gifts (cash or in-kind favors) to provide a favorable grant review process.  Applicants offering gifts or favors of material value to Foundation employees, consultants, Advisory Board members, or members of the Board of Directors in exchange for favorable grant reviews shall be barred from current and future consideration of Foundation awards.

In addition, East Europe Foundation is subject to limitations in awarding grants to family members. Family members and spouses of Foundation employees, consultants or Advisory Board members or entities controlled, directly or indirectly by Foundation employees, consultants, Advisory Board members, members of the Board of Directors, or their aforementioned family members, are ineligible for any East Europe Foundation funding. Determination of grant requests involving distant family members not listed above is based on merit, with the related Foundation employee, consultant Advisory Board member, or member of the Board of Directors, disclosing the relationship and being excused from the process.

Any violations of this policy should be reported directly to the Foundation’s Finance Director for investigation and disciplinary action as appropriate. The Finance Director is an East Europe Foundation employee who reports directly to the president of the East Europe Foundation and to East Europe Foundation’s Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

East Europe Foundation Policy towards Donors and Partners
East Europe Foundation’s mission is to mobilize public and private resources for community, social and economic development in Ukraine. Its work with partners and donors from the public, private and civil society sectors is professional, transparent and partnership-oriented.
East Europe Foundation does not accept funds from entities if there is an unacceptable risk that the donor contributes to or is responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations, such as murder, torture, deprivation of liberty, forced labor, child labor and other forms of child exploitation, severe environmental damage, gross corruption or other particularly serious and systematic violations of fundamental ethical norms.
If doubts are raised about a particular donor, the Board of Directors of East Europe Foundation shall review the donor and make a final decision.  According to the decision of EEF Board of Directors starting January 2019 EEF does not accept funding from alco- and tobacco producers.
East Europe Foundation does not promote corporate donors or partners’ products or services in its projects; however, donor names and logos may be displayed in communications materials and project presentations. Donor funds are invested for the benefit of local communities.

East Europe Foundation Policy towards the Environment in which It Operates
East Europe Foundation obeys the laws of Ukraine and abides by the institutional regulations of its donors while maintaining its organizational independence.
As a member of the UN Global Compact, East Europe Foundation observes the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.
East Europe Foundation shall try to improve the environment in Ukraine, and strive to have positive environmental impacts in all its projects.  East Europe Foundation shall not be involved in projects directly harmful to the environment, and if there is possibility for doubt an environmental review shall be done.