IRD on Compliance Week
During National Compliance and Ethics Week (May 6–12), IRD’s Compliance department took the week to reflect on our work to maintain our donors’s and partners’ trust in us to maintain an ethical work environment and fully comply with laws, regulations, and donor requirements. To that end, Compliance has undertaken several new projects. We developed a training module, in partnership with American University, that introduces field staff to best business practices and helps them understand that local customs do not displace donor requirements. We have also made great strides to identify high-risk projects, conduct due diligence, and provide targeted training on combating labor trafficking and preventing sexual exploitation and abuse.
IRD is at the forefront of nongovernmental organizations in our disclosures and reporting under USAID assistance instruments. In fact, we were among the first to adopt the requirements of Federal Acquisition Regulations (“the FAR”) for reporting and disclosure on noncontract awards. IRD works in difficult places, and we make sure that when something goes wrong, our donor is first to know. That is Compliance’s mission and we communicate that to every employee and partner of IRD regularly.
This May 22, IRD is hosting a meeting of the NGO nonprofit compliance networking group. We're looking forward to the opportunity to facilitate a broader understanding of the imperative for the NGO sector to be active in creating and sustaining a culture of compliance.
To contact IRD Compliance with a question or concern, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.