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Ethical management systems for not-for-profit organizations

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  • Argandoña, Antonio

    () (IESE Business School)

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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have proven to be excellent instruments for promoting a wide range of causes. But they need to adhere to strict ethical principles, which usually are embodied in voluntary codes and standards. This paper analyzes one such standard, the "Ethics. NGO management system" standard published by Aenor, a private Spanish organization committed to the development of standardization and certification. The analysis and comments are centered mainly on issues of NGO accountability.

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  • Argandoña, Antonio, 2007. "Ethical management systems for not-for-profit organizations," IESE Research Papers D/693, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0693
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    Keywords

    Not-for-profit organizations; non-governmental organizations; code of ethics;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • L30 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - General
    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out

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