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Our Ethical Standards

Building Transparency

We believe that cross party debate between parliamentarians, business and academia is not only needed for our democractic 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.

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 2015/16 we turned over just under £1million, with a surplus of £15,000. We use our proceeds to help develop new ideas and fresh thinking, and sometimes to revive some old ideas!

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.

Further, our staff have mentored young people entering higher education for the first time, and in 2017 Policy Connect is supporting Safe Lives, a charity dedicated to reducing domestic abuse.

Widening Participation

The majority of our events are open for everyone to participate 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 is freely available to be downloaded.