Endorse the code

Endorsing the Code means that an organisation supports ALL principles, even if it does not deliver on all the commitments. It demonstrates the commitment to continuous improvement and movement toward best practice principles.

Who can sign on?

Any organisation involved in emergency relief, long-term development and development education can voluntarily sign on to the Code.

What does it mean to endorse the Code?

By signing on to the Code, organisations publicly signal their endorsement of all of the Code's guiding principles. Implementation of these principles remains the responsibility of signatories, but the Dóchas Office and the Working Group on the Code will provide assistance to help implement the parts of the Code relevant to their work.

Signatories must fulfil nine minimum criteria to ensure their organisation is meeting a minimum level compliance with the Code’s commitments. These are:

  1. Make reference to the Code on their main website by displaying the Code logo either on their “Homepage” or in their “About us” section;
  2. Make reference to the Code in their annual report;
  3. Fill in and return Dóchas questionnaire on their implementation of the Code’s commitments on an annual basis; and
  4. Take part in peer-accountability reporting in the form of the Dóchas annual meeting for signatories.
  5. Appoint a Code Champion 
  6. Put in place a training plan for staff, management and volunteers
  7. Provide explicit information on feedback mechanisms on website
  8. The signatory’s Board discusses Code compliance at least once in the past 12 months 
  9. Develop a Code implementation plan


How to I become a Signatory to the Code?

  1. Download the application form
  2. Fill in your organisation’s details
  3. Send it back to the Dóchas Office
  4. Review your implementation of the Code regularly
  5. Report to Dóchas on your implementation of the Code every year
  6. Share your review/report to other signatories


We want to hear from you:

Let us know how your organisation is implementing the Code at media@dochas.ie

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