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Founding Ethics Along with its Founder‘s Agreement, The Ikoku Group has formed as part of its core, foundational, governance documents the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics. Read More The Founding and Governing Ethics combines with the Agreement to develop and inform the governance and operation of The Ikoku Group, including the crafting and periodic revision of its policies.

The Ethical Basis of The Ikoku Group

Overview

Welcome to the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC (the “Code of Ethics” and the “Ethics”), which shall ethically guide, inform and govern any and all your activity with, within, for, on behalf of, in relation to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group.

Please take the time to read the Code of Ethics below carefully.

Your Agreement

— With respect to the Agreement you enter into with The Ikoku Group via the Code of Ethics, you understand and adhere to the following:

Persons Adhering to Agreement
that the 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, leadership, management, officers, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, collaborators, partners, and visitors and users ― 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 offerings of The Ikoku Group.
Applicability and Governance of Agreement
that the Code of Ethics ethically guides, informs and governs any and all of your access, actions, activity, communication, operations, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and its Products and Services, including the Sites.
Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in any access, action, activity, communication, operation, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and its Products and Services, including the Sites — directly or indirectly as further described below — you are agreeing to the Code of Ethics as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Direct and Indirect Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in the above described activities directly or indirectly — whether engaged in through The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or through persons and entities working with The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or working with such engaged activities and resulting media, materials or otherwise — you are also agreeing to the Code of Ethics as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Binding Nature and Validity of Agreement
that you are also thus indicating that you understand the Code of Ethics and the Codes and Policies, that you intend them to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract, equally binding, and that you accept such Code of Ethics and Codes and Policies and agree to be legally bound by them (your “Agreement”).
Agreement On Behalf of Organization
that if you are engaging in any of the above described activities, communication or uses for or on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of that organization, and represent and warrant that you can do so.
In Case of Non-Agreement or Inability to Honor
that you will not engage in any of the above described activities, communication or uses if you do not agree to all of the Code of Ethics or the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Your Consent to The Ethics

— With respect to your ability to agree and consent to the Code of Ethics, you represent and warrant the following:

Your Power and Authority
that you have the power and authority to enter into the agreement entailed in the Code of Ethics, including, where applicable, the power and authority to enter into the agreement on behalf of an organization.
Required Age or Permission and Supervision
that you are at least eighteen (18) years old or if younger at least thirteen (13) years old and engage in activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use in relation to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites with the permission and supervision of an adult parent or guardian.
Reading and Understanding
that you have read and understood the Code of Ethics.
Voluntary Nature of Consent
that you understand your consent to by voluntary in nature.
Agreement and Consent
that you consented to and agreed to be legally bound by the Code of Ethics.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products and Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree that your consent meets the conditions, principles and requirements for consent as delineated and described in these Codes and Policies.

Your Abiding by The Ethics and Policies

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent to the Code of Ethics, you have read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by the Code of Ethics and the Codes and Policies, as they are amended from time to time, and in their entirety without modification.

Your Understanding of Ethics

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Code of Ethics, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by ethics as delineated below, which expressly emphasizes provisions for the most rigorous and robust conceptions of dignity, humanity, independence and respect, and the most rigorous and robust protections for privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties and minority rights.

Your Commitment to Ethics

— You also represent, warrant and covenant that, given the aforementioned, your commitment to this understanding of ethics shall entail its basis for any activity you engage in with respect to The Ikoku Group — including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as its Products and Services — and that any such actions and decisions you engage in shall be free of any incompatibility with, inconsistency with or violation of this Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

The Ikoku Group strongly recommends you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Founding Code of Ethics, as well as the Codes and Policies. The Ikoku Group takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Company Integrity

To protect the company and organizational integrity of The Ikoku Group — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the company and its official persons — The Ikoku Group requires all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Company Integrity.

The Ikoku Group reminds you that the Policy on Company Integrity forms part of The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, The Ikoku Group takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

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

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies and statements of The Ikoku Group, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page. Please do continue with the Code of Ethics via further reading below.

The Code of Ethics

Provision

Along with the above key principles, the Code of Ethics requires your adherence to correlative requirements delineated below:

Integrity

Integrity. To act with integrity in all activities within, with and with respect to The Ikoku Group. To ensure the organizational integrity of The Ikoku Group. And to promote at The Ikoku Group a working environment that values integrity.

Mission

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

Governance

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 constituting and governance documents of The Ikoku Group and its divisions, series and subsidiaries. And to guide the official persons and communities of The Ikoku Group in accordance with the Code of Ethics’ principles and requirements.

Independence

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

Nongovernmental, Nonpartisan, Nonreligious, Private

Nongovernmental, Nonpartisan, Nonreligious, Private. To hold the nongovernmental, nonpartisan, nonreligious and private nature and status of The Ikoku Group to be essential to fulfilling the mission and purposes of The Ikoku Group.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy and Confidentiality. To foreground the most robust protections of privacy and confidentiality as central inspirations for the establishment of The Ikoku Group. And to consider the privacy of personal life, conversation, thought as well as personal data as absolute rights, essential to the fulfillment of The Ikoku Group’s mission and private and public purposes.

Ethics, Freedoms, Liberties

Ethics, Freedoms, Liberties. To take as centrally important the practice of ethics as the examination and analysis of how to determine and do good. To hold as equally important the recognition of autonomy, dignity, humanity and respect as well as civil liberties and minority rights. And to furthermore consider rigorous attention to the question of minority rights to be essential to the fulfillment of The Ikoku Group’s mission and private and public purposes.

Reasonable Transparency

Reasonable 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 diversity in the working environments and communities The Ikoku Group. To take genuine and meaningful steps to promote inclusion in recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention, and in the communities to be reached, served and benefitted by The Ikoku Group.

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, engage in and support only activities that meet the most robust definitions of informed, consented and ethical research and care. And to have The Ikoku Group associate with, engage in and support only care, research and equivalent work that abide by the most humane and most respectful interpretations of the Belmont Report, the Declaration of Helsinki, the Nuremberg Code, the United Nations Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights, and applicable guidelines, laws and regulation.

Legal Compliance

Legal Compliance. To remain knowledgeable of and comply with all applicable laws, regulations and 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

Accessibility — To endeavor that the communities The Ikoku Group benefits, fosters, reaches and serves become available to all who abide by this Code of Ethics, regardless of 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 the Code of Ethics.

No Conflict or Inconsistency

No Conflict or Inconsistency — 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 the following:

Applicable Law or Regulation
any provision of applicable state, federal or international law or mandatory guidelines or regulations.
Privacy and Confidentiality Protections
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 constituting and governance documents and policies of The Ikoku Group and its divisions, series and subsidiaries.
Duties, Protections and Requirements for Consent
the duties, requirements and responsibilities for obtaining and maintaining express, written consent as stated for activities and operations, including any evaluations or proceedings, and for providing regular, clear, written and fully informing signed reports of such evaluations and proceedings to all parties involved.
Code of Ethics and Founding Agreement
any provision of the above Founding and Governing Code of Ethics and the Founder’s Agreement of The Ikoku Group.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Group, any part or section of The Ikoku Group, any part or section of its divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any part or section of its Products or Services, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, in the Code of Ethics, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Questions

Please send any questions or concerns you may have concerning the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics to policies@ikokugroup.com.

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Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
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Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
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Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
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Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group, including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates. By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these 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. Access to the aforementioned is provided 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)

*Note

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

Ethics at the Company, in Company

The Codes and Policies above deeply reflect the founding and mission of The Ikoku Group. They inform the work of The Ikoku Group and efforts to achieve benefit, impact and success. The result, therefore, are three features evident in the company, its products and services, and most importantly, its communities:

01.

The Ikoku Group as a Company of and about Ethics

The company ethics and policies are carefully crafted, then adhered to by a range of individuals and divisions working in varied relation to The Ikoku Group to establish, develop and provide a private company dedicated to fostering care and creativity, ethics and innovation.

02.

Built with Integrity and Respect in Mind

Who take as their basis the most robust conceptions of respect, humanity, integrity, civil liberties and civil rights — 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.

03.

In Divisions that are Safe, Secure and Respectful

And who also join in ongoing efforts to ensure that The Ikoku Group, its Divisions and its Products and Services remain safe, secure and respectful places to do work, to express and discuss, to teach and learn, to form, inform and even alter 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 The Group

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 communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Governance

Nature, Leadership, Ethics

The Ikoku Group is governed by its Founder‘s Agreement, Code of Ethics and associated Policies — each thoughtfully developed and collectively constituting the governance documents of The Ikoku Group.

— Policies

Agreement, Codes, Terms, Conditions

Where available, The Ikoku 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 Ikoku Group also provides periodic alerts, newsletters and reports for those who wish to become more deeply informed of recent developments as well as past and future work.

— Reports

Alerts, Newsletters, Periodicals

Those interested in its mission, objectives and work may contact The Ikoku Group and its Founder for available positions, contributorships and partnerships. A career at and with The Ikoku Group will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at The Ikoku Group

Positions, Volunteers, Contributors