Preserving the safety and dignity of all persons - without discrimination - is of paramount importance and Jesuit Worldwide Learning is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards, doing all that we can to prevent any harm from coming to those whom we serve and those who make the realisation of our mission possible.
We are committed to ensuring the protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who are involved in any way with JWL around the world, and to give staff (all employees, temporary employees, volunteers, third party contractors and freelancers) a clear structure within which they can learn and work in safety and in dignity.
JWL has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse, or gender-based violence. When this happens, it is a protection failure, goes against our core values and indeed the basic principles of humanitarian action. Furthermore, JWL does not tolerate harassment, bullying, or any forms of discrimination. Just as we advocate for peace, social justice, humanity, the realisation of all the Sustainable Goals the world over, so must we enforce the underlying principles within our own JWL community.
We expect all of our staff and partners to adhere to the highest personal and professional standards. As part of our efforts to tackle discrimination, sexual exploitation and abuse, and in order to foster inclusive and equitable educational and work environments, we are implementing the following four JWL policies which collectively form our Greater Good Principles:
- Safeguarding Policy for the Protection of Children and Adults at Risk
- Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy
- Gender Equality and Inclusion Policy
- Code of Conduct
These policies will be regularly reviewed and updated. Any allegations or concerns raised will be taken seriously and perpetrators will be held accountable. Anyone can come forward and raise a concern, whether JWL staff, partners, contractors, or students, in a safe and anonymous way. The revision and introduction of these policies are a step towards addressing the critical issues they speak to and these are a priority of JWL at all times.
Additionally, all JWL Staff (as defined in the Code of Conduct) are required to carry out the following online course Safeguarding Essentials as a part of their induction. This course is hosted by Kaya, which is the global learning platform of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.
COVID-19 Policy and Guidelines
The safety and wellbeing of JWL students and staff remains a primary concern in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and appropriate policies and guidelines are in place to this effect.
JWL is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception.
We want you to feel comfortable in approaching our staff and senior leadership in instances where you believe violations of our policies or standards have occurred.
In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use JWL's third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations stated in our Greater Good Principles policies or any other JWL policy. Additionally you can ask for guidance related to policies and procedures as well as provide positive suggestions and stories.