Responding to the call of faith, we strive to build a just moral order and “right relationships” within our own lives and organizations, the communities in which we work, and the whole of God’s creation. We accompany, serve and plead the cause of those made poor and pushed to the margins, helping them to transform the societies in which they live and the structures that keep them poor.
- Integral Human Development
We view development as based on a holistic understanding of the human person, within the context and experience of the family and the wider community, embracing spiritual, psychological, emotional, physical, material and economic elements. Wherever we work we strive for the development of the whole person and the whole community, and transform unjust social systems. In our work we ensure strong and consistent links between the relief, rehabilitation and developmental components.
United in one human family we are profoundly moved by the suffering of others and have a moral duty to recognize the humanitarian imperative to respond. This duty is essential both to our identity as a Catholic organization and to our membership of the human family. Thus, as members of the universal community, we recognize our obligation to provide humanitarian assistance and the duty of others to ensure unimpeded access for us to do so.
We respect religious traditions, culture, structures and customs in so far as they enhance and uphold the dignity of the human person. A just society can become a reality only when it is based on the respect of the transcendent dignity of the human person.
We help people develop and realize their full potential, and build mutually respectful relations, so they can control and improve their quality of life. Through integral human development and empowerment, we will promote active, powerful local communities with members playing a significant role in civil society.
We as Caritas members determine our operational priorities and programs and do not allow ourselves to be used as instruments of national or foreign economic or political interests, especially when such are not in conformity with Catholic Church Teaching.
- Stewardship and Accountability
We will make every effort to be accountable to those whom we serve, those who support our work and society at large. We also ensure good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.
- Equality, universality, impartiality and openness to all peoples
All women and men, girls and boys are created equal and make their own unique contributions to our world, collectively realizing that which is fully human. We commit ourselves to equal and active participation of women and men, girls and boys in all our work. We serve people impartially, particularly those who are poorest and most vulnerable, according to objective assessments of their situations and the needs they express, irrespective of race, age, sex, physical ability, ethnicity, creed or political persuasion, indeed without adverse distinction of any kind.
We strive to ensure the safety of those with and for whom we work, especially children in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, national legislations and Caritas’ Child Protection Framework (2004) and other good practice.
Whenever possible we use local resources and products and support the local economy wherever possible, in so far as doing so does not exhaust supplies or cause exceptional inflation.
- Care for creation and attention to environmental impact
We protect people and the planet, promoting right relationship with all of God’s creation, since the planet and all its resources are entrusted to humankind. Acting as true stewards of all creation, we consider the environment and the heritage of future generations in the planning and implementation of all our work.
We will coordinate closely with national governments and local authorities, churches, other religious organizations, civil society, other members of the relief and development communities, and all other relevant stakeholders.
We will advocate – nationally and internationally – on behalf of and with the poor and marginalized to bear witness to, and address, their plight and the underlying or structural causes of poverty and injustice. We will be agents of change and social transformation to promote respect for human rights.
- Learning and Staff Development
We are committed to improving our work, what we do and how we do it, through continual reflection, capacity-building, monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management and strategic planning. We will invest in our staff to ensure that they have the skills, experience and formation they need to reach their full potential and ensure that Caritas achieves its potential and makes the greatest difference for those who are poor, marginalized or oppressed.
We ensure just, dignified and sustainable working conditions for all our staff and fulfill our duty of care to staff, promoting good practice in human resources management and complying with employment law within the relevant jurisdiction.