On 30 October 2019 the Governing Board of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) approved the Agency's Ethical Code, which represents a continuance of that approved on 10 June 2011, assuming the same principles and values.
The Ethical Code details, in an orderly and uniform manner, the commitment undertaken by AECID to Sustainable Development Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda, whose Target 16.6 calls for the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions.
The Ethical Code is not intended to replace, but rather to complement, the obligations, mandates and recommendations set forth in the Basic Statute for Public Employees, legislation specifying those activities incompatible with public service employment, and other applicable provisions, in particular Act 19/2013 of 9 December, on transparency, access to public information and good governance..
WHY IS AN ETHICAL CODE NECESSARY?
The purpose of the Ethical Code is essentially preventative, and to clarify the conduct expected of all those who work at the service of the Agency. To this end, it aims to strengthen a culture of integrity and efficiency.
AECID seeks to ensure that all those individuals included in the Code's scope of application are inspired, in the undertaking of their activities, by the principles of ethics and good conduct defined therein, which are founded on the following concepts:
- Professionalism and commitment
- Dialogue and participation
- Transparency and accountability
In short, this Code is intended to further the development at AECID of a system of institutional integrity, in line with recommendations published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to consolidate a culture of ethical conduct that legitimizes its actions in the eyes of the society to which it is accountable.
WHO IS SUBECT TO THE ETHICAL CODE?
All AECID staff, whether management or public employees.
But the following people shall also be subject to the Code:
Individuals assigned to AECID for a specific training period.
Any individuals hired to carry out consultancy and/or advisory tasks and any other persons who have a professional relationship with AECID, for the duration of said relationship.
Public or private entities and their staff, as well as individuals who are the beneficiaries of grants and aid from AECID, or who enter into contracts with AECID, as regards the ethical principles of action set forth in Title II of the Ethical Code
HOW IS COMPLIANCE ENSURED?
The following systems have been implemented to ensure compliance with the Code:
A monitoring and evaluationsystem that establishes a procedure to ensure that AECID's present and future activities are consistently informed by its ethical principles. To this same purpose, provision has also been made for the following:
- The creation of an Ethics Committee which, in addition to dealing with ethical dilemmas, complaints and reports of misconduct, shall be responsible for safeguarding and ensuring compliance with the stated principles.
- The collaboration of an external ethics advisory service, without any hierarchical links with AECID staff, as an additional guarantee of impartiality and objectivity.
- The creation of a whistleblowing mailbox for receiving queries, complaints and reports of misconduct.
System for preventing non-compliance with the Ethical Code and for promoting institutional integrity. Awareness-raising and training activities for all those interested will be carried out through this system.
AECID’S WHISTLEBLOWING MAILBOX
The creation of AECID’s whistleblowing mailbox is not an isolated action, but forms part of the system of institutional integrity expressed in the Ethical Code when defining values and standards of conduct that are informed by the Ethics Committee, as a guarantor that functions autonomously.
The mailbox will receive the queries that those individuals subject to the Ethical Code may have with regard to its interpretation and application. It will also receive any complaints and reports of misconduct.
Pursuant to Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019, the whistleblowing mailbox guarantees the anonymity of those who wish to submit a query, complaint, or report of misconduct without disclosing their identity.
The email address of the whistleblowing mailbox is as follows:
There is also an anonymous whistleblowing form available below:
Link to the form
THE ETHICS COMMITTE
The duties, composition and activities of the Ethics Committee are as follows:
The Ethics Committee shall undertake the following duties, set forth in clause 4.3.2 of the Ethical Code:
a) Proposing measures and actions to AECID’s Director that contribute to the promotion and consolidation of AECID’s ethical culture.
b) Making recommendations to AECID’s Director regarding breaches of the Code, without prejudice to the investigation and disciplinary duties, where applicable, of the corresponding body.
c) Resolving any concerns that may be raised by individuals subject to the Ethical Code as regards its interpretation and application.
d) Receiving complaints or reports of misconduct and processing them as appropriate.
e) Preparing an annual report on compliance with the standards of conduct included in the Ethical Code.
f) Promoting programmes to disseminate and provide training on the ethical standards governing conduct between AECID staff and collaborators.
Composition of the Ethics Committee:
AECID’s Ethics Committee shall meet at least twice a year when so convened by its Secretary by order of AECID’s President.
The above notwithstanding, the Ethics Committee may hold as many extraordinary meetings as deemed necessary depending on the nature and urgency of the issues to be discussed. Extraordinary meetings may be held face-to-face or via videoconference.
The Ethical Code is available on AECID’s website and special efforts will be undertaken to ensure it is avaTraducción ingles Código Ético AECID definitiva (002) EN rg-(rev)pb.docxilable to interest groups with particular links to Spanish Cooperation.