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 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 serve the public interest by providing information, advancing policy solutions and supporting civic life, all in the pursuit of the public good. Pew’s programs support that purpose and all who work for or on behalf of Pew understand and promote that mission.
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:
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 Form 990 annual tax return and 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 race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, familial status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, and takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of staff.
Any fundraising materials of Pew 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 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 knowledgeable of and complies with all 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.