The British Council reaches millions of people every year. What we do and also how we do it matters. This Code of Conduct reflects our commitment to cultural relations work that is ethical, has integrity and has a concern for the wellbeing, inclusion and fair treatment of people. It helps to ensure we build people’s trust and confidence and the reputation of the British Council as a global organisation creating opportunity worldwide.
It sets out the values, standards and behaviours we expect and require from everyone, in whatever capacity or wherever they work for, with or on behalf of us.
This Code of Conduct sets out general principles. It does not cover everything and should be read alongside our policies and guidance, which you should familiarise yourself with. There is a link to some of these policies within this Code.
The principles set out below apply to all our staff worldwide and must be read and adhered to unless local law restricts this in some way. If you believe such a restriction exists please consult Corporate Affairs.
If in any doubt about any aspect of this Code you should seek guidance from a manager or, for employees, speak to Human Resources.
Sir Ciarán Devane
You can use the drop down headings below to access each principle of the Code of Conduct. Within each principle you can find links to some relevant global policy statements and internal policies. Aspects of the Code of Conduct are supplemented by the global policy statements and further internal detailed policies and guidance for staff available on the intranet.