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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

European Cultural Foundation has policies in place to ensure a working environment free of any kind of intimidation, aggression or violence.

We wish to ensure that the working atmosphere is one in which respect between all colleagues is fostered, regardless of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, belief, political leaning, disability, age, sex or marital status. This applies to all staff, interns, temporary personnel, freelancers and others who carry out work on behalf of the Foundation.

We use a confidential advisor to support employees who are dealing with unwanted behaviours in the workplace. Additionally, the Foundation considers it its duty to prevent, investigate, and as appropriate disclose and punish any form of violation of integrity or unacceptable behaviour by its staff, both internally and externally.

For our full Integrity Framework, see.

Good governance

We endorse the principles of the Code Wijffels: ‘Code Goed Bestuur voor Goede Doelen’ (Good Governance for Charities Code).

In line with this, we adhere to the following three principles:

1. A clear separation between the roles of:

a. Management (ECF’s Director)

b. Supervision (ECF’s Board)

c. Execution (ECF’s employees)

2. Optimising interaction with stakeholders

3. Optimising effectiveness and efficiency of expenditure. For our Declaration of Responsibility, see.

Pay system

We have a set of salary scales that have recently been benchmarked by Human Capital Group, based on the salaries of the charitable sector in the Netherlands (Goede Doelen Nederland).

Salaries will, in principle, be revised once a year, based on the employee’s performance and responsibilities and only if the end of the respective salary band has not been reached. At the discretion of the Director, ECF may in addition decide to modify the salaries on the basis of the adjusted consumer price index for all households of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).

Further, we are proud to have been awarded the seal of approval of the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF) for trustworthy fundraising and expenditure. It was awarded 1 July 2016. The CBF supervises the Recognized Charities in the Netherlands, informs and reflects. It ensures that Recognized Charities keep their promises and operate with integrity. In this way, CBF builds public trust and ensures that people can give with confidence to Recognized Charities that make the world a better place.

As a member of FIN (Vereniging van Fondsen in Nederland) we adhere to the FIN code of Good Governance. In 2021 we registered a compliance statement which will be reviewed periodically.

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