Responsibility and commitment are two essential elements which characterize the Pere Tarrés Foundation’s identity and modus operandi. The entity aims to act in coherence with its principles to establish codes, criteria, policies and practical guidelines, for both the internal operations of the Foundation as well as for its external activity.
The purpose of the ethical code is to define a few precise, essential guidelines to clarify who we are and how we engage with society, our users and service recipients, and our collaborators. They are, therefore, the guidelines that allow us to identify ourselves with both goals and actions, as well as with a way of proceeding and relating to our environment.
The application of ethical code is collected and specified in the code of good practices. They are classified into three large sections depending on the position or field to which they concern. Good practices are established for each position category (board of trustees, management, workers), for certain areas (hiring, fundraising, relationship with other entities) and, finally, transversal practices, aimed at the proper functioning of the Foundation as a whole.
Since 2018, we have had an ethics channel that aims to prevent infractions of internal or external rules of conduct that may be committed by any member of the Foundation, as well as by collaborators and third parties that are related to the entity.
Transparency and Good Governance Accreditation
We have the accreditation of good practices in transparency and good governance granted by Fundación Lealtad, an independent and non-profit institution that audits the main entities and NGOs of the Spanish State. It is a unique distinction in Spain that helps donors to clearly and simply recognize those NGOs that meet current demands for transparency and efficiency in management.
Hiring and purchasing policies
Our ethical code urges us to avoid economic and contractual relationships with activities contrary to human rights recognized in international treaties or in the mission and values of the Foundation. In addition to trying to establish relationships with suppliers that work with values closer to those that govern our activity. In this sense, the contracting and purchasing policy is governed by criteria such as objectivity, quality and independence.
The practical guidelines derived from these criteria are, for example, assessing the social value provided by suppliers, trying to choose the services and products of social entities (integration companies, cooperatives, etc.), prioritizing the purchase and internal use of services and products that are respectful of the environment, sustainable, fair trade and, as a whole, that have a social and cultural value.
Audits and controls
To guarantee the sustainability and responsibility of our entity, the budget is constantly monitored. In addition, policies and systematic procedures are applied to control economic management in terms of evaluation and authorization in contracting suppliers, making purchases, invoicing and payment, following criteria of economic sustainability, quality and ethics. Every year we submit to an audit of accounts; in 2020 it was carried out by Pleta Auditors.
Development, training and identity
With the aim of expanding the training offer and the skills development possibilities of the entity's team, last year 4,339 training places were offered and 2,647 people were trained. E-learning training has continued to be an option to be able to reach geographically dispersed teams and to be able to share virtual spaces with other colleagues, as well as the professionalization of the different groups.
During 2019, work on the identity and values of the team with the entity was deepened, as well as developing spaces for spirituality and interiority. In this sense, a conference was held in which foundations such as evangelical roots and ecclesial belonging, the dignity of the human person and social, economic and political life at the service of the person were worked on.
Occupational risk prevention
The Foundation has an occupational risk prevention team that ensures the integration of the safety and health of workers in the variety of services and activities. In this sense, protocols are established, training and practical measures are carried out, facilities are adapted to guarantee safety in all activities, protection is provided tailored to the needs of the team as a result of the different risk assessments. In addition, the Foundation undergoes a legal prevention audit.
Declaration of institutional commitment to child protection
The protection of children must be an institutional obligation for social organizations. That is why at the Pere Tarrés Foundation we take on the challenge of making it visible and we are committed to continuously building a policy for the protection of children and good treatment (policy for the protection of children and adolescents) that will mark all the relevant aspects related to activity aimed at children in which our organization participates