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Ethics as Basis of The Ikoku Corporation

Overview

Welcome to the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation and The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation and of their divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates (the “Code of Ethics” and the “Ethics”), which shall ethically guide, inform and govern any and all your activity with, within, for, on behalf of, in relation to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Foundations.

Please take the time to read the Code of Ethics below carefully.

Your Agreement

— With respect to the Agreement you enter into with The Ikoku Foundations via the Code of Ethics, you understand and adhere to the following:

Persons Adhering to Agreement
that the Code of Ethics is to be adhered to by a wide range of associated individuals and communities ― including but not limited to board and committee members, leadership, management, officers, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, collaborators, partners, and visitors and users ― as they work in their capacity to establish, further develop, operate, collaborate with, carry out the mission and purposes of, and also visit, use and participate in the offerings of The Ikoku Foundations.
Applicability and Governance of Agreement
that the Code of Ethics ethically guides, informs and governs any and all of your access, actions, activity, communication, operations, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Foundations, their divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and their Products and Services, including the Sites.
Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in any access, action, activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use, in any way, pertaining to The Ikoku Foundations, their divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and the Products and Services, including the Sites, and that you agree to abide by, assist, fully cooperate with and not interfere with The Ikoku Foundations and their sole Founder and President, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku in ensuring the compliance with and fulfillment of the Code of Ethics.
Direct and Indirect Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in the above described activities directly or indirectly — whether engaged in through The Ikoku Foundations, their divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and their Products and Services, including the Sites; or through persons and entities working with The Ikoku Foundations, their divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and their Products and Services, including the Sites; or working with such engaged activities and resulting media, materials or otherwise — you are also agreeing to the Code of Ethics as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Foundations User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Binding Nature and Validity of Agreement
that you are also thus indicating that you understand the Code of Ethics and the Codes and Policies, that you intend them to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract, equally binding, and that you accept such Code of Ethics and Codes and Policies and agree to be legally bound by them (your “Agreement”).
Agreement On Behalf of Organization
that if you are engaging in any of the above described activities, communication or uses for or on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of that organization, and represent and warrant that you can do so.
In Case of Non-Agreement or Inability to Honor
that you will not engage in any of the above described activities, communication or uses if you do not agree to all of the Code of Ethics or the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Foundations, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Foundations, any area, part, section or properties of their divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Your Consent to The Ethics

— With respect to your ability to agree and consent to the Code of Ethics, you represent and warrant the following:

Your Power and Authority
that you have the power and authority to enter into the agreement entailed in the Code of Ethics, including, where applicable, the power and authority to enter into the agreement on behalf of an organization.
Required Age or Permission and Supervision
that you are at least eighteen (18) years old or if younger at least thirteen (13) years old and engage in activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use in relation to The Ikoku Foundations, their divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and their Products and Services, including the Sites with the permission and supervision of an adult parent or guardian.
Reading and Understanding
that you have read and understood the Code of Ethics.
Voluntary Nature of Consent
that you understand your consent to be voluntary in nature.
Agreement and Consent
that you consented to and agreed to be legally bound by the Code of Ethics.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Foundations, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Foundations, any area, part, section or properties of their divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products and Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree that your consent meets the conditions, principles and requirements for consent, as delineated and described in a these Codes and Policies — for the specific purpose of consenting to this Policy, the Agreement and the Codes and Policies.

Your Abiding by The Ethics and Policies

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent to the Code of Ethics, you have read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by the Code of Ethics and the Codes and Policies, as they are amended from time to time, and in their entirety without modification.

Your Understanding of Ethics

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Code of Ethics, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of ethics as defined in all applicable guidelines, law and regulation, by The Ikoku Foundations in the Codes and Polices, and as specifically delineated below, which expressly emphasize provisions for the most rigorous and robust conceptions of dignity, humanity, independence and respect, and the most rigorous and robust protections for privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties and minority rights.

Your Commitment to Ethics

— You also represent, warrant and covenant that, given the aforementioned, your commitment to this understanding of ethics shall entail its basis for any activity you engage in with respect to The Ikoku Foundations — including their divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as their Products and Services — and that any such actions and decisions you engage in shall be free of any incompatibility with, inconsistency with or violation of this Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

The Ikoku Foundations strongly recommend you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Founding Code of Ethics, as well as the Codes and Policies. The Ikoku Foundations take your continued visiting and use of their Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Corporate Integrity

To protect the corporate and organizational integrity of The Ikoku Foundations — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the corporations and their official persons — The Ikoku Foundations require all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Corporate Integrity.

The Ikoku Foundations remind you that the Policy on Corporate Integrity forms part of The Ikoku Foundations User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, The Ikoku Foundations take your continued visiting and use of their Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@ikokufoundations.org with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of these Codes and Policies, please contact policies@ikokufoundations.org with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies and statements of The Ikoku Foundations, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page. Please do continue with the Code of Ethics via further reading below.

The Code of Ethics

Provision

Along with the above key principles, the Code of Ethics requires your adherence to correlative requirements delineated below:

Mission

Mission. To carry out the founding and charitable mission and purposes of the The Ikoku Foundations in pursuit of the public good. To have all activities and operations support the mission and purposes. To have all who work for or on behalf of The Ikoku Foundations understand and be loyal to said mission and purposes. And to have the mission and purposes be responsive to the communities served by The Ikoku Foundations and be of value to the society at large.

Integrity

Integrity. To act with integrity in all activities within, with and with respect to The Ikoku Foundations. To ensure the organizational integrity of The Ikoku Foundations. And to promote at any official work for The Ikoku Foundations a working environment that values integrity.

Respect

Respect. To hold the fullest and most humane understanding of respect for persons to be essential to the formation, management, and operations of The Ikoku Foundations. To treat people of The Ikoku Foundations as individual persons and human beings fully enjoying respect and its substantive ethical benefits, including autonomy, dignity, humanity, integrity and reciprocity. To also have the communities of The Ikoku Foundations — particularly those they help create, develop, foster, and support — emanate from and be informed by the above understanding of respect.

Governance

Governance. To have an active governing structure that is responsible for setting the strategic directions of The Ikoku Foundations as well as oversight of their finances, operations, and policies.

Responsible Stewardship

Responsible Stewardship. To manage all assets and properties of The Ikoku Foundations both responsibly and prudently — as described in the Founder’s Declaration of Trust of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundations, and in fiduciary duties delineated in the constituting and governance documents of The Ikoku Foundations and their divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates. And to also guide the official persons and communities of The Ikoku Foundations in accordance with this Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Independence

Independence. To hold independence to be crucial to the fulfillment of the founding and charitable mission and purposes of The Ikoku Foundations. And to have independence be central to a fundamental understanding of the role of philanthropy shared by The Ikoku Foundations and their divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates: to address issues and help solve problems and inequities that have little chance of being adequately attended to, funded, or substantively supported via the expected or typical actions, operations, or processes of governmental and political bodies and offices; of established institutional entities; of established fields of knowledge, practice, representation, and expression; of for-profit industry, markets, and economic sectors; and of perennially low-resource and underrepresented communities and societies.

Nongovernmental, Nonpolitical, Nonreligious, Private

Nongovernmental, Nonpartisan, Nonpolitical, Nonreligious, Private. To hold the nongovernmental, nonpartisan, nonreligious and private nature and status of The Ikoku Foundations to be essential to fulfilling the founding and charitable mission and purposes of The Ikoku Foundations. To have such nature and status be a central basis for efforts to promote the public good across the complex affiliations, associations, states and nations that constitute Africa, its global diasporas, and connected or shared societies in which the communities of The Ikoku Foundations reside. And as with independence, to have the above nature and status help The Ikoku Foundations do work exactly where corporate, for-profit, governmental, political, religious and other institutional entities have found it most difficult.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Confidentiality and Privacy. To foreground the most robust protections of confidentiality and privacy as central inspirations for the formation of The Ikoku Foundations. To consider the confidentiality and privacy of personal biospecimens, data, and information as basic, civil and fundamental rights, and to further consider the privacy of personal life, including but not limited to aspects of life pertaining to body, conversation, home, mind, and thought, as absolute basic, fundamental and natural freedoms, liberties, and rights — all of which are to be guaranteed, safeguarded as well as essential to the fulfillment of the founding and charitable mission and purposes of The Ikoku Foundations.

Ethics, Freedoms, Liberties

Ethics, Freedoms, Liberties. To take as centrally important the practice of ethics as the examination and analysis of how to determine and do good. To also hold as centrally important the recognition and safeguarding of autonomy, dignity, humanity, and respect as well as the basic, fundamental and natural freedoms, liberties, and rights accorded to all human beings. And to furthermore hold the robust protection of minority rights to be essential to the fulfillment of the founding and charitable mission and purposes of The Ikoku Foundations.

Reasonable Transparency

Reasonable Transparency. To also provide, where required, reasonable and timely information to the communities served by The Ikoku Foundations. To be responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. And to have such published information accurately and honestly reflect policies and practices. Solicitation materials and financial, organizational and program reports will be accurate and complete in all required respects.

Inclusiveness and Diversity

Inclusiveness and Diversity. To maintain a founding policy of promoting inclusiveness and diversity in the working environments and communities of The Ikoku Foundations. To take genuine and meaningful steps to promote inclusion in recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention, and in the communities to be reached, served and benefitted by The Ikoku Foundations.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation. To regularly and respectfully review program effectiveness, to develop lawful, respectful and previously and expressly consented mechanisms to do so, and to in this manner incorporate lessons learned into existing and future programs.

Informed, Consented and Ethical Research and Care

Informed, Consented and Ethical Research and Care. To associate with, engage in and support only activities that meet the most robust definitions of informed, consented and ethical research and care. And to have The Ikoku Foundations associate with, engage in and support only care, research and equivalent work that abide by the most humane and most respectful interpretations of the Belmont Report, the Declaration of Helsinki, the Nuremberg Code, the United Nations Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights, and applicable guidelines, laws and regulation.

Legal Compliance

Legal Compliance. To remain knowledgeable of and comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and international conventions, subject to full access to and benefit of legal, financial and other professional counsel that is not compromised by the efforts of any individual or entity, private, governmental or otherwise.

Accessibility

Accessibility. To endeavor that the communities The Ikoku Foundations benefit, foster, reach, and serve become available to all who abide by this Code of Ethics, regardless of disability and notions of human, cultural and social difference.

Duty to Report and Inform

Duty to Report and Inform. To ensure that the work of The Ikoku Foundations reflect their founding and charitable mission and purposes by honorably carrying out a duty to promptly report and fully inform the Founder and Original Trustee, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, of any apparent violation of or incompatibility with the charitable mission or purposes, the Code of Ethics, the Codes and Policies, the Declaration of Trust, or equivalent codes, policies, or instruments of The Ikoku Foundations.

No Conflict or Inconsistency

No Conflict or Inconsistency. Finally, under no circumstances shall any action, activity, decision, distribution, operation, payment, process, resolution, transaction, or their equivalent of or with The Ikoku Foundations, including any conducted while meeting any fiduciary duties or standards of care or conduct, be in intentional violation of or incompatible with the following:

Applicable Law or Regulation
any applicable provision of applicable state, federal or international law or mandatory guidelines or regulations.
Confidentiality and Privacy Protections
the most robust protections of confidentiality and privacy and the strictest interpretations of confidentiality and privacy laws, as they are delineated in state, federal and international statutes and in the constituting and governance documents and policies of The Ikoku Foundations.
Duties, Protections, and Requirements for Consent
the duties, principles, protections, requirements, responsibilities, and rights pertaining to obtaining and maintaining express, informed and written consent as defined, described and delineated by The Ikoku Foundations for any action, activity, communication, meeting, operation, or other process involving two or more persons, including any evaluations or proceedings, and for providing regular, clear, written and fully informing and signed reports of such evaluations and proceedings to all parties involved.
Code of Ethics and Founding Declaration of Trust
any provision of the above Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Codes and Policies, and the Founder’s Declaration of Trust of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, or equivalent codes, policies, or instruments of The Ikoku Foundations.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Foundations, any part or section of The Ikoku Foundations, any part or section of their divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any part or section of their Products or Services, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, in the Code of Ethics, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Questions

Please send any questions or concerns you may have concerning the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics to policies@ikokufoundations.org.

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Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
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Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Foundations User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Foundations. By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Use Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. Access to the aforementioned is provided below.

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Associated Policies

All Associated Policies (HTML and PDF)

*Note

*Note: Please see the main Policies page for notice on conditions incompatible with the founding and mission of The Ikoku Foundations.

Ethics at The Foundations

The establishment of The Ikoku Foundations entails a set of core emphases that ensure and reflect the originating charitable mission and purposes. These emphases inform each instance of commitment, effort and work to achieve benefit, impact and success. And they furthermore produce three features evident in the resulting governance structure, operations and most importantly, communities:

01.

Governace Suited to Local and Global Philanthropy

The governing structure of The Ikoku Foundations have been designed to be attentive to needs and operations at the local and global level, as well as across the complex states and societies where the served communities reside, living shared, interdependent lives.

02.

With Respect Being Central to Ethics

At the core of the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as The Ikoku Foundations fulfill their mission to serve the public interest in Africa, its global diasporas and the full range of shared societies.

03.

To Ensure a Just and Shared Future for Many

The Ikoku Foundations are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them, and will enhance the futures of the regularly underserved, marginalized, disenfranchised. The Foundations draw from these examples a vision of the public good and common community that is their hope and objective.

More About Us

The Ikoku Foundations

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.

— About Us

Nature, Scope, Means

The Ikoku Foundations’ founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, equitable and of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.

— Founding & Overview

Charitable Mission, Purposes, Goals

To this end, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.

— Governance

Leadership, Boards, Documents

The policies provided on these Sites collectively constitute the User Agreement and Code of Conduct, which govern all activity and work in and for, access to and use of, association with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Please read them attentively.

— Policies

Codes, Conditions, Terms

Take a look, and follow The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Follow, too, media events and the coverage that precedes them or ensues. You may also sign up for newsletters, which will update you about developments at these organizations and the communities they serve.

— Communications

Press, Newsletters, Reports

Join The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations as a potential leader, staff, board or committee member, researcher or educator, contributor, volunteer, partner or collaborator. A career of contributing to and helping define the greater good through these organizations may be the perfect fit for you.

— Careers at the Foundations

Jobs, Volunteer, Collaboration