IRD's commitment to business integrity and responsible business conduct governs everything we do. Our most valuable asset is our reputation, so it is imperative that IRD maintain and protect the public trust we have earned through exemplary work and responsible use of and accounting for funds. We are committed to operating in full compliance with funding agreements and believe compliance is every employee's responsibility. Together with the compliance team, IRD staff aim to model the highest standards of conduct.
IRD's Office of Compliance provides direction and support to headquarters, project leadership, and field-based compliance officers, helping ensure that all conduct and work conforms to IRD internal standards and policies, external regulations and statutes, and the terms and conditions of our funding agreements. We employ a project-based approach to risk management, identifying and mitigating compliance risks throughout the project lifecycle. Scheduled and unscheduled internal compliance reviews and internal controls are assessed routinely to help guard against waste, fraud, and abuse. The Office of Compliance also manages a waste, fraud, and abuse hotline; reviews and tracks incidents of noncompliance and takes corrective action; and ensures that reports are made promptly to IRD donors.
To report fraud, waste, or abuse in an IRD program, call 703-957-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reporting is confidential and may be made anonymously. For more information on IRD's Office of Compliance, contact Jean Hacken.
Chief of Compliance, Jean Hacken, is Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal
On May 21st, 2013, IRD's Chief of Compliance, Jean Hacken, was interviewd by Ben DiPietro of the Wall Street Journal for the Journal's Risk and Compliance section. In the article, Ms. Hacken outlines IRD's philosophy on compliance and the unique challenges nonprofits face. To view the article online click here.
Pakistan Anti-Fraud Hotline
IRD, in cooperation with USAID/Pakistan and the USAID Office of the Inspector General, is committed to eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in project work.
USAID/Pakistan has, in cooperation with the USAID Office of Inspector General, established the Anti-Fraud Hotline to provide an avenue for the reporting of fraud, waste, and abuse which may be associated with USAID funded projects in Pakistan. Complaints are handled with complete confidentiality and individuals are encouraged to report when corruption, fraud, waste or abuse may exist in the USAID/Pakistan projects. Reports can be filed anonymously via the easy-to-use Hotline (toll free number 0800 84700); e-mail at email@example.com; fax at 021-35390410; postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayaban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan; and on the website www.anti-fraudhotline.com.
The Hotline referred to above is managed by USAID. IRD’s Hotline, which is in place for all projects in all countries, also provides an opportunity for staff or beneficiaries to report fraud, corruption, sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking in persons, and other actions that are contrary to the IRD Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
Chief of Compliance Speaks at Global Compliance Symposium
On April 2, 2013, Chief of Compliance, Jean Hacken, spoke at the Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium in a panel entitled "Going Into New Markets: How To ensure Compliance Doesn't Get Left Behind." The panel discussed maintaining organizational and legal compliance when expanding into emerging or "frontier" countries and was an excellent opportunity for IRD to showcase its leadership in compliance related issues.
IRD Works to Comply with Executive Order on Human Trafficking
On September 25th, 2012 President Obama signed Executive Order 13628: Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts. IRD has worked on combating trafficking in persons long before the signing of this executive order and will continue to work to come into compliance with this executive order before it goes into effect on March 24th, 2013. IRD already meets several of the new requirements like awareness training and reporting mechanisms and is working to come into compliance with the rest of the requirements.
IRD's Office of Compliance helps train Pakistan field office on Countering Trafficking in Persons and Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
At the end of April 2013, IRD's Office of Compliance joined with the Stability and Governance Practice sector to conduct training for IRD field staff in Pakistanon Countering Trafficking in Persons and Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. With Program Officer, Caleb Drown traveling to Pakistan to conduct the training, and the Office of Compliance providing support, 45 IRD field staff engaged in excellent discussion regarding the topics, their effects and warning signs.
IRD's Code of Business Ethics and Conduct
The Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, which applies to all IRD employees, officers, and consultants, forms the foundation of IRD's commitment to business integrity, responsible business conduct, and full compliance with funding agreements. Click here to view the Code.
IRD is a Member of Three Compliance-Related Organizations:
TRACE provides anti-bribery compliance solutions for non-profit organizations and multinational companies.
The Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE) promotes ethical practices and compliance standards and provides resources for compliance professionals.
The Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) is a member-driven association exclusively for individuals responsible for their organization's ethics, compliance, and business conduct programs.