Feeding America was founded for the public good.
We are always mindful that our ability to achieve this mission relies upon the faith and trust of the general public. As an organization we constantly strive to meet the highest standards of excellence and operate under a code of business and professional ethics that honors our public support. Ethical conduct is part of every employee’s job and a source of public confidence. It is the benchmark against which everyone must ultimately test all decisions.
Feeding America has adopted a shared set of core values that give guidance to the organization as to how to achieve our vision of creating a hunger-free America. These values provide a standard of expected behavior and a framework for decision-making for the staff, volunteers and partners. They are, therefore, the foundation of our Code of Ethics.
All Feeding America employees are required to adhere to accepted business standards of conduct while on the organization’s premises or engaged in organizational business. We may not engage in any illegal, fraudulent, dishonest, negligent or otherwise unethical action in connection with Feeding America operations or activities.
Each of us is responsible for the professional integrity of our own work. We are also responsible for reporting wrongdoing. If a law or organization policy has been broken, all employees have a duty to report this, verbally or in writing, promptly and confidentially through the line of administrative supervision. When the alleged impropriety appears to involve a management employee, reports should be referred to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources or the President/CEO. Reports of suspected financial irregularities should be reported directly to the Chief Financial Officer and President/CEO. Any department supervisor alerted to such an incident must immediately notify the Senior Vice President of Human Resources.
We believe in the power of community. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust, with and among those who share our vision of creating a hunger-free America. We work together to accomplish the vision at the national and local levels, valuing each other’s roles and using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our partners.
We at Feeding America believe that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our values and reflected in our Board of Directors, staff, network food banks and the people we serve. We support and actively aim to create an inclusive environment that embraces all, regardless of race, gender identity, experience, economic status, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. We live this value by collaborating with one voice to serve and support our ultimate vision of a hunger-free America.
Feeding America staff and volunteers will treat all people: colleagues, stakeholders, the general public and the people we serve, with respect and dignity. Feeding America values its staff and volunteers and respects their diversity, education, training, professional experience and commitment to excellence. Feeding America is committed to the total inclusion and participation of all people in advancing our vision of creating a hunger-free America. Feeding America fosters cultural and ethnic diversity. Feeding America will apply confidentiality and anonymity in professional relationships with regard to privileged information.