Values Charter

INTEGRITY

We are committed to maintaining the highest degree of integrity in all our dealings with all members of CMOSA and our country as a whole, including but not limited to other organisations/movements/political parties we engage with in the pursuit of the goals and objectives and particularly, respecting the confidentiality of information exchanged and the protection of all personal information received in the course of pursuing the objectives of our citizens.

COMMUNICATION

In our engagement with other individuals • Always be polite and respectful of individuals’ opinions, especially when discussions become heated. • Be respectful of the different perspectives in the forum and engage in respectful dialogue to seek and gain understanding thereof. • Practice the behaviours of listening to understand first, respectful and dignified discussions, dialogue and tolerance towards each other under all circumstances. • Never use derogatory, threatening, abusive, discriminatory or obscene language or images in any communications, inclusive of social networks.

IN OUR COMMUNICATION AS A MOVEMENT

• Always exercise good judgement when posting on social networks and be aware that inappropriate conduct on social networks can negatively affect the organisation and yourself. • Unless you are specifically mandated to communicate on behalf of the organisation, be completely upfront that the views being expressed are your own. • Everything we say and particularly criticism, should be accurate, fact-checked and capable of substantiation. If we are not sure of something, we ask at all times!

DUTY OF CARE

Our actions and activities will always be guided by respect for our country’s Bill of Rights and Constitution. We believe that all individuals and organisations, including but not limited to ourselves, should avoid causing any adverse effect on the human rights of people in the organisations we deal with, the local and wider environments and the well-being of society at large. Always be aware of the impact of our conduct on others.

ETHICS

• We always conduct ourselves and our activities honestly and honourably and expect those individuals and organisations we interact and engage with to do likewise. • Our integrity commits us to always do what is right and to maintain the highest level of ethical conduct in our interactions with all stakeholders. • We reject all forms of dishonesty. • Every person and organisation aligned to our Founding Statement plays a critical role and this is achieved through developing and nurturing trustworthy relationships.

NON-PARTISANSHIP

Civic Movement of South Africa (CMOSA) is a movement for the people by the people and is not a political party nor aligned to any political party. Members are free to support any party of their choice, but in keeping with CMOSA being free from party affiliation, there should be no party statements made, interests or recruiting done at any of CMOSA’s gatherings, neither communications media, including but not limited to social media networks.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND MORAL RIGHTS

We retain the moral rights in and ownership of all intellectual property that we create. In return we respect the moral and intellectual copyright vested in others’ intellectual property.

EQUALITY AND DISCRIMINATION

We always strive to be fair and objective in our advice and actions and we are never influenced in our decisions, actions or recommendations by issues of gender, race, creed, colour, age, sexual orientation or disability.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

A conflict of interest situation arises when the “private interests” of people compete or conflict with the interests of CMOSA. “Private Interests” means both the financial and personal interests of people or their connections. The onus is on every individual person to declare a conflict or potential conflict of interest to the working committee, in the event that they feel a potential conflict of interest is emerging or has emerged.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

We maintain that quality of what we do through constant ongoing review by the working committee of all communications and other activities.

FUNDRAISING

Whenever we approach any individuals, companies or institutions for funds or other resources, or we are offered funding or other resources by any of these entities, we will maintain the highest level of ethical conduct, with a zero tolerance for any forms of illegality or dishonesty. This includes limiting our engagement to entities that have integrity and that subscribe to similar values and ethics as our organisation and respecting the rights of our people and our donors to be informed of the purposes for which we are raising funds and the purposes for which the funds are used. The Ten Components of the Thinking Environment

Nancy provides an online self-assessment on her website: online assement link
Attention: Listening with palpable respect and without interruption
Equality: Ensuring equal turns to think and speak
Ease: Offering freedom from internal urgency
Incisive Questions: Finding and removing untrue assumptions that distort thinking
Information: Supplying the facts and dismantling denial
Diversity: Encouraging divergent thinking and diverse group identities
Encouragement: Giving courage for cutting edge thinking by removing internal competition
Feelings: Allowing sufficient emotional release to restore thinking
Appreciation: Practicing a 5:1 ratio of appreciation to criticism
Place: Creating a physical environment that says to people, “You matter”