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The Ethical Basis of The Ikoku Group


The Founding and Governing Code of Ethics delineated below is one primary means we use to reflect and develop The Ikoku Group’s mission and purposes. Our 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, officers, leadership, management, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, collaborators, partners, and visitors and users of our Sites, Products and Services ― 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 Sites, Products and Services of The Ikoku Group.

These individuals and communities are, for reasons explained below, to understand and accept our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics whenever they work with, for, or on behalf of The Ikoku Group.

A History of Ethical Benefit

Several components of The Ikoku Group were originally developed by Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku as part of work that also resulted in his founding of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. As a distinct company, The Ikoku Group nevertheless shares with The Ikoku Trusts and Foundations, an essential, core ethical basis for public benefit purposes that are related to its corporate mission.

A Related Mission

That related mission has been to foster care and creativity, ethics and innovation among peoples and societies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia-Oceania, and Europe. We emphasize improvements in the development, enhancement, safekeeping and facilitation of such efforts, their intellectual and real property, and their ideas, innovations, programs as well as solutions for improving lives and societies.

The Most Robust Conceptions

For the above reasons, the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics reflect an approach that overlaps with that of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations: in taking as a fundamental basis for corporate ethics the most robust conceptions of respect, humanity, human rights, and civil liberties, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, in the local and global settings where the peoples of The Ikoku Group live, move through, and work.

Our Commitment

Our commitment to this basis for ethics is strong and we ensure that the various peoples of The Ikoku Group are selected and guided in keeping with it, and that any decisions or actions taken on behalf of The Ikoku Group or during the operations of and participation in our Sites, Products, and Services are made free of any violations or activities that run counter to its ethos.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

We strongly recommend that you continue to develop and maintain your knowledge of all our Codes and Policies. We therefore ask you to read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Founding Code of Ethics, as well as the Codes and Policies of The Ikoku Group. We take your continued visiting and use of our Sites, Products and Services as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Corporate and User Responsibility

To protect the rights of The Ikoku Group — as well as our capacity to fulfill our general duties, functions, purposes and founding mission — we require all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in our Corporate Responsibility Policy.

We remind you that our Corporate Responsibility Policy forms part of the User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, we take your continued visiting and use of our Sites, Products and Services as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of the Policy as well as our Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President and CEO, 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 with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Our Definitions

As with all our official documents, materials, policies and statements, definitions for terms used here can be found in our general Codes and Policies page. Where duties, expectations, freedoms, principles, rights, responsibilities, standards as well as means, measures, methods and practices are referred to, they are as delineated and described in these Codes and Policies. And unless the context otherwise clearly indicates, words used in the singular include the plural, and the plural includes the singular.

Please do continue with the Code via further reading below.

The Code of Ethics


The Founding and Governing Ethics of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC is as follows:

Individual and Collective Integrity

Individual and Collective Integrity. To act with honesty, integrity, and openness in all dealings within and with The Ikoku Group. The Ikoku Group shall promote a working environment that values respect, fairness, dignity, humanity, and integrity.


Mission. To carry out founding mission and company purposes of The Ikoku Group. All activities and operations shall support that mission and all who work for or on behalf of The Ikoku Group shall understand and be loyal to said mission and purposes. The mission shall be responsive to the communities served by The Ikoku Group.


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

Responsible Stewardship

Responsible Stewardship. To manage all assets and properties of The Ikoku Group both responsibly and prudently — as described in the Founder’s Agreement, and in fiduciary duties delineated in the Articles, ByLaws, Certificates, Trusts, Codes and Policies of The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series and subsidiaries — and to also guide the people and communities of The Ikoku Group in accordance with these Principles’ overarching ethics.


Independence. To hold independence to be crucial to the fulfillment of the mission and purposes of The Ikoku Group.

Nongovernmental, Nonpartisan, Nonreligious Nature

Nongovernmental, Nonpartisan, Nonreligious Nature. To hold the nongovernmental, nonpartisan, nonreligious and private nature and status of The Ikoku Group to be not simply a matter of corporate, financial and legal policy adherence and prudence, but also essential to fulfilling the mission and purposes of The Ikoku Group.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy and Confidentiality. To foreground the central importance of privacy, in the most robust conceptions of respect, humanity, dignity, and civil liberties that inspired the establishment of The Ikoku Group. And to consider the privacy of personal life as well as confidential and personal information to be essential to the fulfillment of any aspect of The Ikoku Group’s mission or corporate, private or public benefit purposes, permitting, as a minimum, no violation of privacy that is either unlawful or without prior, express and written consent, and no access to, use of, or disclosure of any confidential or personal information that is either unlawful or without the prior, express and written consent of the original owner of the confidential or personal information.

To that end, no one, as part of the establishment, development, operation, or evaluation of The Ikoku Group, shall access, permit the use of, disclose, or permit the disclosure to any third party of any confidential or personal information, either during such person’s tenure with us or at any time before or thereafter, in a manner that is unlawful or without prior, express and written consent of the original owner of the confidential or personal information. Similarly, no one shall be permitted to access, disclose, or use confidential or personal information in a manner that violates privacy laws in California, Delaware, the United States, or other Nations, as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.

Openness and Transparency

Openness and Transparency. To also provide, where required, reasonable and timely information to the communities served by The Ikoku Group. 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 to make sure that boards, committees, leadership, staff, and volunteers reflect the diversity of the communities The Ikoku Group serves. To take genuine and meaningful steps to promote inclusion in hiring, retention, promotion, board and committee recruitment, and in the communities to be reached and benefitted.

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, fund, and engage only in experimentation, research, and treatment that meets the most robust definitions of fully informed, continually consented and ethical research and care. The Ikoku Group shall only support work that abides by the strictest, most humane and most respectful interpretations of the Belmont Report, the Declaration of Helsinki, the Nuremburg Code, and the United Nations Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights.

Legal Compliance

Legal Compliance. To remain knowledgeable of and comply with all laws, regulations, and applicable 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 — To endeavor that the communities The Ikoku Group fosters and serves be available to all who abide by this Code of Ethics, regardless of geopolitical boundaries, 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 Group reflect its originating inspiration, intent, mission, and company purposes by honorably carrying out a duty to promptly report and fully inform the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and partners of any departure from or violation of these Code of Ethics.*

*Note: No person or entity may become or remain qualified as manager, executive, board or committee member, employee, educator, researcher, representative, reporter, sponsor, supervisor, trainer, voting or decision-making member or stakeholder, or other agent of The Ikoku Group (including its divisions, series, subsidiaries, affiliates, or partners) if in intentional violation of these Code of Ethics. Due to this stipulation, under no circumstances shall the following qualify: Eleanor Marie Brown (of Jamaica and the United States, Brown University, University of Oxford and Yale Law School) and any affiliates, agents, associates, employees, employers, and partners of said person; Stanford University and any affiliates, agents, associates, employees, employers, and partners of Stanford University; any person or entity who has similarly violated Ikoku Group ethics of confidentiality, privacy, security, and unconsented monitoring, supervision or surveillance; — as well as, additionally, for ethics policies reasons — as well as any government entity, official or employee and any appointed, elected or hired government official, employee, representative, or agent who has held such office or position within the preceding five (5) years.

No Action in Conflict or Inconsistent with Code of Ethics, Consent, and Protection

No Action in Conflict or Inconsistent with Code of Ethics, Consent, and Protection — Finally, under no circumstances shall any action, activity, decision, operations, or resolution of or with The Ikoku Group, including any conducted while meeting any fiduciary duties or standards of care or conduct, appear to be inconsistent with or come into conflict with:

(a) any provision of applicable state, federal or international law;

(b) the most robust protections of privacy and confidentiality and the strictest interpretations of privacy and confidentiality laws, as they are delineated in state, federal and international statutes and in the Agreements, Articles, ByLaws, Certificates, Trusts, and Codes and Policies of The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series and subsidiaries;

(c) the need for obtaining and maintaining express, written consent for any evaluations or proceedings and for providing regular, clear, written and fully informing signed reports of such evaluations and proceedings to all parties involved; or

(d) any provision of the above Founding and Governing Code of Ethics and the Founder’s Agreement of The Ikoku Group.


We hope that our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics are clear to you — and would gladly address questions or concerns you may send to

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Core and Associated Policies


As mentioned in our Policies page, The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Corporate Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, or pertaining to The Ikoku Group (as well as its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates). By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these associated 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.

We provide access to all these 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)

Much of the principles, statements and tenets found in the Associated Codes and Policies are included either explicitly or by extension in the Core Codes and Policies. But they are worth articulating separately, for the purposes of clarity, detail, and reproducible community ethos and standards.


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

Ethics at the Company, in Company

The Codes and Policies above reflect a core emphasis of our founding and overarching mission. They inform our work and every effort to achieve benefit, impact and success in the communities we serve. The result, therefore, are three features evident in the company, its products, services, sites, and most importantly, its people:


The Ikoku Group as Ethical Communities

Our policies are adhered to by a range of individuals and communities, the people of The Ikoku Group, who work in their capacity to establish, develop, and participate in a private company dedicated to fostering care and creativity, ethics and innovation.


Built and Peopled with Respect in Mind

Who take as their basis the most robust conceptions of respect, rights and civil liberties, humanity, integrity, and responsibility, up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for. As they carry out and embody the mission and purposes of The Ikoku Group.


In Spaces that are Safe, Secure, and Collaborative

And who also join in our ongoing efforts to ensure that The Ikoku Group and its Sites, Products and Services remain active, collaborative, safe and secure places to do our work, to express and discuss, to teach and learn, to form, inform and even alter our local and global communities

More About Us

The Ikoku Group

The Ikoku Group was formed to foster care and creativity, ethics and innovation in work and communities of enduring concern to its founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and partners.

— About Us

Mission, Scope, Founder

Founded as a US limited liability company, The Ikoku Group is engaged in work that is both domestic and international in scope, concerned as it is with offering services to communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Governance

Nature, Leadership, Ethics

The Ikoku Group is governed by its Founder‘s Agreement, by its Founding Ethics, and by a set of associated Policies — each thoughtfully derived from the above and collectively constituting the Group governance documents.

— Policies

Agreement, Laws, Terms, Conditions

Where available, The Group provides updates on news, events and media coverage pertaining to its operation, development, work, and communities.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Coverage

Where appropriate, The Group also provides alerts, newsletters and periodic reports for those who wish to sign up for, receive them — and thus become more deeply informed of recent developments and our past and ongoing work.

— Reports

Alerts, Newsletters, Periodicals

Those interested in its mission, objectives and work may contact The Ikoku Group for positions in its management, employee and contributing staff, and board and committee membership. A career at The Group will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at The Ikoku Group

Boards, Jobs, Contributions