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Tearfund aims to work to the highest possible standards with integrity and transparency. We have identified a set of corporate Quality Standards in support of our vision and the delivery of our strategy which are in keeping with the organisational characteristics we aspire to and which summarise all of the relevant external and internal accountability and quality standards, codes, guidelines and principles to which we are committed:


We expect the highest behaviour standards across all of our work. We stand against all forms of exploitation, abuse, fraud, bribery and any other conduct that is incompatible with our values. We strive to transfer power to the people we serve; to transform our own, our partners’ and communities’ attitudes and practices on inclusion, conflict sensitivity, accountability, gender and learning.

Impartiality and targeting

We are committed to impartiality, providing assistance to the most vulnerable without regard for race, religion, ethnicity, ability, age, gender, sexuality, or nationality. We target our work on the basis of need alone while remaining sensitive to conflict dynamics, and proactively work to support those who would otherwise be marginalised or excluded, in particular children, the elderly and those living with disability.


We are committed to ensuring that all our work is based upon effective communication with, participation of and feedback from the communities we serve. It is important that all interventions are transparent and based upon continuous learning. We also hold ourselves accountable to our partners, donors, supporters and colleagues, and to all those with whom we relate and interact.


In all our programmes we actively seek to challenge gender inequality and harmful beliefs and practices, and to work towards gender justice. We are committed to progressing gender equality, the restoration of relationships between men and women, boys and girls, and ensuring their equal value, participation, and decision-making in all aspects of life.


We are committed to community-led and participatory approaches to development and humanitarian response for sustainable impact that is based on root cause analysis. We encourage participation from all members of a community, and strive to support beneficiaries to have control over their own development at all levels, from local development activities through to local, national, and regional advocacy.

Technical quality

We are committed to the high technical quality of all of our work, and the work of partners, through meeting relevant national and international standards aligned with communities’ own priorities. We will continuously learn to improve and identify and replicate good practice that is demonstrated to have relevant and positive impact.


We are committed to helping people understand, reduce and manage the risks they face as well as to address the drivers of vulnerability. This includes supporting people and communities in developing resilient livelihoods, strengthening social cohesion, improving access to services, stewarding environmental resources, reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change.


We are committed to restoring relationships and building safe and secure communities. We seek to prioritise the protection of all - especially children and the most marginalised and vulnerable adults - from physical, social and psychological harm. We will take steps to assess risks, including conflict dynamics, to avoid any adverse effects of our work that might expose people to danger or lead to abuse. We believe that community members are the best actors in their own protection and will support their actions to stay safe, find security and restore dignity.

The purpose of Tearfund’s Quality Standards is to ensure that those we serve benefit from the increased quality, effectiveness, and impact of the work that we undertake. Our Quality Standards provide us with a framework: serving as a tool for staff recruitment, induction, training and performance management; serving as a tool for partner capacity development; to inform the work of project designers; and as a critical part of project monitoring, evaluation, learning and continuous improvement.

In supporting our partners, Tearfund’s approach is not to impose but to facilitate support to partners who share our commitment to good practice and improvement, and to seek to improve the quality of our partnerships. They are not intended to be used as a 'pass/fail' checklist and the framework recognises that questions of quality rarely involve simple 'yes/no' answers, but require analysis, transparency and continual improvement.

International codes and standards

As well as setting high standards for ourselves in our Quality Standards, we’ve signed up to a range of internationally recognised operating codes and standards because they enshrine our principles of respecting the people we work with. These codes and standards have helped to shape our choice of Quality Standards:

Keeping Children Safe. Setting tough international child safeguarding standards.

Tearfund also makes reference to UN declarations to guide its Quality Standards:

Stakeholders and affiliations

We wish to hold ourselves to account to our main stakeholders for these standards and will make them publicly available in formats appropriate for each:
Project participants: the standards selected are first and foremost to be responsive to the needs and priorities of project participants (via our partners, and via notice boards, leaflets, community meetings etc).

Tearfund has a number of affiliations with other organisations, for which these Quality Standards are relevant, including:

Tearfund's gender pay gap report

Gender Pay Gap legislation came into force in 2017 (Equality Act 2010 - Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations 2017). These regulations require all large employers like Tearfund (over 250 employees) to report on their ‘Gender Pay Gap’ – this is the gap between the average hourly rate of pay for men and the average hourly rate of pay for women.

Gender pay gap data is based on a snapshot of data on 5 April each year, and only applies to staff based in England, Scotland and Wales.

The gender pay gap highlights pay inequalities between men and women. These can result from a different proportion of men and women in a given pay band, or the differences in roles performed by men and women. This is different to equal pay which concerns pay differences between individuals or groups performing the same or similar work. Unequal pay for men and women for the same work has been illegal in the UK since the 1970 Equal Pay Act.

Tearfund’s modern slavery report

Slavery and trafficking is a global problem which is estimated to affect almost 40 million people worldwide. Tearfund exists to support those in greatest need – therefore, we welcome the Modern Slavery Act and are pleased to share the steps we have taken to prevent modern slavery in our organisation and supply chain.

We value each individual we work with as made in the image of God. In upholding our core values we stand against all forms of exploitation, abuse, fraud, bribery and any other conduct which is incompatible with them. Moving beyond our own supply chain, we have the opportunity to proactively seek to prevent and respond to issues of modern slavery through our partner organisations. This is through our work with communities in some of the highest risk countries for slavery and trafficking in the world, as well as using our expertise on sexual and gender based violence.

We have a robust set of policies and procedures aimed at preventing abuse and harm. We work with partners to build their capacity in these areas and to have effective processes to ensure those we work with are protected against exploitation.

Diversity and inclusion

We want Tearfund to be a place where everyone feels welcome, respected, valued, and treated fairly. Our aim is to empower everyone we work with to flourish, reach their god-given potential, and live life with dignity.

We have created some resources to help you explore what diversity and inclusion means. These can be used individually, in your church, workplace or with your family.

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