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From the Americas to Zambia, Our Values are the Same
Published 03/06/2017 by Global Communities
While Project Concern International’s (PCI) work spreads across continents and cultures, its mission, vision, and values are unified across the globe. We have spent the last year collaborating in each of our country programs to discuss what our core values are as an organization. It was amazing to see the synergy that exists from Botswana to India to Nicaragua to Zambia on what makes our organization so strong, and such a special place to work.
PCI’s mission, vision, and core values are a continued promise to the communities we partner with, to our donors, and to ourselves that we will continue to drive innovation that leads to real, measurable, and lasting change for the most vulnerable people in the world.
That promise is to act with the highest levels of integrity, hold ourselves accountable for our great mission, to treat all people with the respect they deserve, and to be creative in reaching solutions.
After combining input from our teams around the world, we’re proud to share with you our core values:
We maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior, and value transparency and honesty in our communications, relationships, and actions.
“As a PCI employee, integrity is one of the most foundational values I live by, in my relationships with the people we serve, my colleagues and partners. Honesty and trust are what I strive for in all areas of my work.”
– Clara Eder, Vice President, Strategic Information for Impact
We hold ourselves accountable for the quality and lasting results of our work and for the commitments we make to our participants, partners, donors, and each other.
“Accountability to me means taking responsibility for your actions. It means being responsible for the duties that have been assigned to you and to be diligent in order to deliver quality work.”
– Christian Coronado, Accountant
We value and celebrate the unique and diverse talents, experiences, and perspectives of everyone, and treat our participants, partners, donors, and each other with sensitivity and respect.
“Respect is about acknowledging that no individual or organization can be an expert in everything and that we all bring something to the table. Respect is about valuing that contribution, be it from a staff member, partner or beneficiary. With that comes a responsibility to treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself. With regard to beneficiaries, it means treating people with dignity and acknowledging that they are not passive recipients of services but rather partners with important perspectives and local knowledge to share.”
– Jo Musonda, Country Director, Zambia
We go beyond conventional ideas and approaches, so new possibilities and innovation can flourish to ensure real and lasting positive change.
“One of the things we really try to avoid at PCI is the old definition of insanity (doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome). The challenges facing the vulnerable people of the world are vast and many of them are quite solvable if we just think outside of boxes, overcome our fear of failing, and challenge each other to be solution oriented. This doesn’t necessarily mean earth shattering breakthroughs or technologies, although those can be useful. But it’s the everyday creativity of our staff, our partners, and the community members we work with, to try new things and push envelopes in both what we do and how we do it, that can really bring this core value to life.”
– Janine Schooley Senior Vice President, Programs
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