Revision Date: June 28, 2021
Purpose of the Policy: The values of The Pew Charitable Trusts are described in this Code of Ethics and implemented through Pew’s internal policies and practices. These values and the institution's commitment to the public interest inform and guide the actions of our board and staff.
The board (including emeritus directors) and staff of Pew act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings on behalf of Pew. Pew promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness and the highest professionalism. This commitment requires that all violations of applicable laws and Pew policies be immediately reported in accordance with Pew’s Whistleblower policy (for more read “The Pew Charitable Trusts Whistleblower policy”).
Pew has a clearly stated purpose, approved by its board of directors, to:
Pew has a governing board of directors that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of Pew, as well as oversight of the policies, programs, finances and operations of Pew. Pew’s board works to ensure that:
financial interest disclosure, and anti-nepotism policies;
Pew manages funds responsibly and prudently by:
Pew provides detailed information to the public, the media and all stakeholders, and responds in a timely manner to all reasonable requests, including requests for the three most recent Form 990 information tax returns and requests for the audited financial statements. Information made available by Pew accurately reflects the policies and practices of the organization. All financial, organizational, and program reports are complete and accurate in all material respects.
Pew regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future initiatives. Pew is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and develops mechanisms to promote learning from its activities.
Pew has a policy of nondiscrimination and promotes inclusiveness. Pew forbids discrimination based on gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, familial status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, breastfeeding, veteran status, military status, matriculation (i.e. being enrolled in or planning to enroll in a college, university, or other secondary school), physical or mental disability, medical condition, denial of medical and family care leave or pregnancy disability leave, protesting illegal discrimination, and/or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations in the applicable jurisdiction (collectively “Protected Characteristics”) and takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of staff.
Any fundraising materials of Pew, and any communications with donors and potential donors, are truthful and accurate. Pew respects the privacy concerns of donors and expends funds consistent with donor intent. Pew discloses important and relevant information to donors and potential donors. In raising funds from the public, Pew respects the rights of donors to:
As an institution that makes grants, Pew assumes the following additional responsibilities in carrying out its charitable mission. Pew endeavors to:
Pew is committed to conducting business legally and ethically and requires its staff to comply with applicable laws and regulations.
This Code of Ethics is, by necessity, general in outlining broad ethical principles for Pew. Pew will be guided by it as well as by other relevant standards for the charitable sector when responding to specific issues not explicitly mentioned above. Questions about the policy can be addressed to Pew’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
Designated Policy Contact: The following individual should be contacted for interpretations, resolution of problems, and special situations.
Department: Legal Affairs Title: Senior Director, Compliance, Legal Affairs