our code of conduct

Standby Task Force is an international network and community of digital humanitarians.

Our ethical and professional code is centered on five core principles:

  • Humanity
  • Neutrality
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Professionalism

Our code is based on best practices in the field of humanitarian response, including International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) guidelines for aid agencies providing disaster relief.

By accepting membership within SBTF, each volunteer pledges to:

Humanity

Affirm the universal value and equality of all human life, as well as the fundamental right of all persons everywhere to receive and offer humanitarian assistance.

Prioritize assistance on the basis of need alone; never discriminate based on race, gender, creed, nationality or any other form of adverse distinction.

Respect

Endeavor to respect the culture and custom of fellow volunteers, partners and the communities we assist, alongside universal humanitarian principles.

Maintain an atmosphere of respect, civility and inclusivity in all SBTF-related channels and activities.

Neutrality

Provide aid impartially and independently of any political, religious or ideological affiliation or goal.

Remain nonpartisan during scenarios of conflict or war.

Avoid activity that serves political, military or economical purposes not strictly humanitarian in nature.

Responsibility

Strive to verify information before recording, sharing or otherwise acting on it in any way.

Maintain the confidentiality of any sensitive or personal information about crisis-affected or at-risk individuals or groups.

Never share false information, incite panic or otherwise endanger public safety.

Abide by the conduct regulations of partner agencies that activate us.

Professionalism

Abide by all organizational and deployment-specific procedures and protocols.

Exercise professional conduct when volunteering or otherwise representing SBTF.

Never misuse for personal or partisan gain any information obtained as an SBTF member.

What to do if you think someone has broken the code

Conduct violations are taken up by the SBTF Core Team and can result in review of membership status, up to and including termination.

Criminal offenses will be reported to the relevant authorities.

To voice concern or report a violation, please send an email to coreteam@standbytaskforce.com or, if you prefer, contact a member of the core team individually.

Annex VI: The Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief