An important goal of NESsT is to increase the discussion around critical ethical issues in the social enterprise field. In 2000, NESsT published Commitment to Integrity: Guiding Principles for Nonprofits in the Marketplace, the first “code of ethics” designed to help social enterprise leaders recognize and better prepare for the unique ethical challenges of entrepreneurship in the social sector.
The first document of its kind, Commitment to Integrity is a practical tool to help you ensure that ethical and responsible standards are upheld at every stage of your enterprise planning and development. The principles address the ethical dimensions of CSO commercial activities in four key areas:
- commitment to mission and values;
- commitment to transparency;
- commitment to fairness;
- commitment to accountability.
Commitment to Integrity was developed by NESsT in cooperation with colleagues around the world. It is an evolving document intended to be discussed and revised for use by practitioners. We encourage you to use and adapt the ideas within the document to your unique needs. NESsT is distributing Commitment to Integrity for free — we only ask that users quote and cite NESsT accordingly. No part of Commitment to Integrity may be sold in any form or reproduced for sale without prior written permission of NESsT.
(2 pages; letter size/A4 PDF format)
Available online in eBook format in the following languages:
We welcome your input! Please send your comments and ideas to us at nesst[at]nesst.org.