As a mission-driven organization, ORCID is grounded by a commitment to our core values of openness, inclusivity, and trust. Maintaining the trust of the communities we serve is essential to ORCID’s success. The decisions we each make and the way we interact with each other and our community are expected to be intentionally guided by these values, and our values form an important part of ORCID’s Code of Conduct. Our goal is to foster a values-based culture in which each individual within our organization and across our community feels welcome, respected, and treated with dignity, while also recognizing the personal responsibility each of us has in creating and maintaining that culture. See also: ORCID’s Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
ORCID is committed to conducting its business fairly, impartially, in an ethical and proper manner, and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Integrity and honesty must underlie all relationships with all members of the ORCID community, including the ORCID Board, users, members, vendors, contractors, consultants, partners, the general public, and other staff members. The highest standards of ethical business conduct are required of ORCID staff in the performance of their duties. Staff must not engage in conduct or activity that may raise questions as to ORCID’s honesty, that impacts our reputation or that undermines the trust our community has in us.At ORCID we are committed to the highest standards of conduct at every level. We depend on every staff member to serve ORCID’s membership and the public with dignity and respect and in a responsible, professional manner to achieve our mission. All staff members are expected to use good judgment, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealing with all members of the ORCID community, and with each other. Each staff member’s work ethic, attitude and conduct help to maintain the respected reputation of ORCID.
As a community, we are committed to fostering, celebrating, and promoting our values in our work environment so that all voices can be heard and acknowledged. We commit to support one another and take action by listening, speaking up, and being allies. We listen with empathy, respect, and understanding. We encourage people to articulate what makes them uncomfortable, ask for uncomfortable behavior to stop, and seek support and guidance to communicate effectively. We bear witness and support appropriate action, regardless of the status or the perceived ‘importance’ of the individuals involved.
Behavior that reflects our values is required across all internal and external interactions and communications. We recognize that professional behavior that embodies our values precludes and prohibits abuses of power. We commit to taking disciplinary action, including at our discretion termination of employment, contract, or affiliation in response to any verified acts of harassment, bullying, intimidation, discrimination, or other serious breach of this Code of Conduct, made by any member of staff against anyone and all members of the ORCID community, and with other staff members. We also expect our vendors, contractors, consultants, members, and partners to abide by all of these commitments in their interactions with ORCID.
While it is not possible to list all the forms of behavior that are considered unacceptable in the workplace, the following are examples of infractions that are not in keeping with our Code of Conduct, and may result in disciplinary action:
- Committing or threatening violence
- Sexual or other unlawful or unwelcome harassment
- Bullying, intimidation or discrimination
- Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials, such as explosives or firearms, in any workplace that is shared (even temporarily) with other staff or the public
- Theft or inappropriate removal or possession of property
- Insubordination or other disrespectful conduct
- Possession, distribution, sale, or transfer of illegal substances while conducting ORCID business (including business travel)
- Working under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or other mind-altering substances to the extent that your judgment is impaired
- Operating vehicles or equipment on ORCID business under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or other mind-altering substances
- Excessive absenteeism or any absence without notice
- Intentional falsification of business records
- Conduct that damages ORCID’s reputation
- Other unsatisfactory performance or conduct
ORCID not only encourages, but requires any witness to behavior, communication, or any other action that violates this Code of Conduct to speak up. Please voice your concerns to People Operations, any member of the ORCID Senior Team, any Board Director, or the Executive Director, depending on the situation and to whom you feel most comfortable turning.
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If a staff member has any questions about these policies, they should reach out to People Operations.
ORCID reserves the right to amend any policy in the library, at any time.
ORCID is committed to compliance with all applicable employment regulations and laws in the countries where we employ people. If any provision of this Policy Library is inconsistent with controlling national or local law, such law will apply and will supersede this Policy Library.