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Our Ethical Standards

Building Transparency

Over 200 hundred organisations from across academia, business and the third sector share our view that cross-party debate with Parliamentarians and government is not only needed for our democratic processes but is an essential process for making better public policy. We believe in open and transparent finances, and receive our income through associate membership subscriptions, project sponsorship, and grants to our different groups and publish the names of our funders on our websites. Each organisation conforms to our Code of Governance which makes clear our purpose is to promote the broad sector policy issues rather than individual interests. None of our Board Directors are paid. We are members of the Register of Consultant Lobbyists following recently published new guidance for organisations that provide secretariat services to APPGs and directly communicate with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on behalf of the APPGs or forums. This development is to promote transparency and good governance in communications with Ministers, and as such is to be welcomed. 

Working for Social Good

Policy Connect is a member of Social Enterprise UK, a federation of social enterprises across the UK. We are also based within a social enterprise project named CAN Mezzanine, and work in an office space alongside other third sector organisations who we regularly engage with.

Investing in the Future

In 2016/17 we turned over just under £1million, we invest our proceeds to help develop new ideas and innovative thinking.Beyond looking after our current team with a newly developed learning and development programme, Policy Connect also provides opportunities for new entrants to the job market by offering internships and fellowships which are subject to external advertisement, interview, and pay the London Living Wage.

In 2017 Policy Connect is supporting Safe Lives, a charity dedicated to reducing domestic abuse.

Widening Participation

The majority of our events are open to all in as we believe that policy making is at its best when all voices are heard. We publish our events and summarise them on our website for readers, and our research can be downloaded for free.