Enabling organisations to embody integrity
We exist to enable holistic, effective, and evolving integrity practice. By nurturing co-creation and shared learning of power sensitive organisational integrity practices, we will cultivate just ways of working that evolve with changing conditions and new knowledge.
We aim to create an enabling environment, initially for the nonprofit sector, in which organisations can strengthen their integrity practice and, ultimately, their impact.
How we work
Our three key approaches
Our work incorporates three distinct, but interdependent ways of working on power and integrity with nonprofits and sector-level organisations.
We are exploring how organisations can embody integrity. We mean this in both senses of the word: honest, responsible, accountable, and principled; and whole and unbroken.
Organisational integrity requires a holistic and strategic mindset, combined with effective integrity practice at individual, organisational and sector levels.
Using a whole-system approach, we will support organisations to integrate integrity practice that strengthens oversight, strategy, risk management and operations. This will help them be more proactive, more efficient, and much less likely to cause harm.
Adapting well-established work by nonprofits on power and inequality, we are exploring how societal power structures underpin negative organisational culture and behaviours, such as saviourism, sexism, racism, bullying, and corruption.
Power analysis identifies the intersecting root causes for multiple aspects of integrity, essentially providing the lens for the whole-system approach to organisational integrity.
A power-sensitive approach also provides valuable insights into how best to address negative power manifestations and – importantly – how to nurture positive power.
Integrating power-sensitive integrity practice requires continuous learning and diverse perspectives to shape a shared understanding. By learning collectively and reducing duplication, we can establish a much stronger foundation for organisations to strengthen their integrity practice and, ultimately, their impact.
So we will help build an enabling environment with the nonprofit sector to work not just collectively on power and integrity, but in synergy.
We will also work to increase coherence between donor requirements around integrity and contribute to wider sector-level work on legitimacy, decolonisation and power.
Our Partnership with NCVO
Learning with our incubation host NCVO
We are incubated within NCVO for our discovery phase. NCVO is undertaking a range of work to address its own failings. The organisation has recognised and apologised for these failings and committed to change, beginning its own journey to change its culture. NCVO has also been active in sharing its learnings with the voluntary sector about these failings and the ongoing work to address them..
PI believes that all organisations are built within a wider social context of inequality, and absorb and reflect societal inequalities and injustices. As a first step, it is crucial for organisations to be transparent and recognise inequality, and take steps to hold spaces for conversation, reflection, learning with staff and stakeholders. Organisations also owe a duty of care and must offer support to all staff, partners and communities they seek to serve, in order to strengthen the intention, commitment and action that is needed, to dismantle inequality and injustice.
PI supports NCVO’s commitment to take action and undertake change to address the injustice, inequality and harm caused to communities and individuals.
PI is looking forward to learning from NCVO’s road to transformation and accountability. Whilst PI is independent from NCVO, we will contribute to the effort that is being made to develop an equitable and inclusive NCVO. We also want to thank NCVO for their support of our initiative, especially as part of their journey towards delivering change.
“We at NCVO are excited by Power & Integrity’s proposal to develop a practical, sector wide, approaches to addressing this issue. We look forward to supporting the work.”
Help us shape Power & Integrity
During our new discovery phase, it’s essential we join with others in the nonprofit sector to make sure this important work has the best possible start.
We’re looking for:
- sector-level organisations, to explore ways of developing sector-wide coherence and synergy
- UK-based nonprofits seeking to take part in our Power Labs (from Jan ’23)
- Funding partnerships to support this much-needed, groundbreaking work.