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Our purpose and approach

Our purpose

Enabling organisations to embody integrity

We exist to enable holistic, effective, and evolving integrity practice. By nurturing co-creation and shared learning of power and integrity approaches, 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.

Hands and heart

“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.”

Sarah Vibert

Interim CEO, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

OUR APPROACH

Our key ways of working on Power & Integrity

We have three independent approaches to support organisations and the sector   

Whole System

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 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.

Power-sensitive

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 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.

Collaborative

Integrating power-sensitive integrity practice requires continuous learning and diverse perspectives to shape a shared understanding.  So we will help build an enabling environment with the nonprofit sector to work collectively on power and integrity.

We will also work to increase coherence between donor requirements around integrity and contribute to wider sector-level work on legitimacy, decolonisation and power.

By learning collectively and reducing duplication, the sector can establish a strong foundation from which organisations can strengthen their integrity practice and, ultimately, their impact. 

Get involved

Help us shape Power & Integrity

During our new discovery phase, it’s essential we join forces with others in the nonprofit sector to make sure this important work has the best possible start.

We’re looking for:

  • senior leaders, executives or trustees, to take part in a power lab
  • sector-level organisations, to explore ways of developing sector wide coherence
  • UK-based NGOs seeking to strengthen their approach to organisational integrity to pilot the approach.
Hands and cogs

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