Ethics & Compliance

International Medical Corps works to the highest standards of integrity. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Ethics and Compliance

To support this zero-tolerance approach and to provide assurance that the ethical standards contained in our Code of Conduct are upheld, International Medical Corps’ Committee for Compliance, Audit and Risk Management—a committee of the Board of Directors—has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer to ensure that International Medical Corps has a living, effective compliance program.

Our Ethics and Compliance Department helps make sure that International Medical Corps and our employees, directors, officers, consultants, suppliers and other business partners respect and uphold the standards in our Code of Conduct, as well as the legal, regulatory and donor requirements under which we operate. The Ethics and Compliance Department receives reports of suspected violations and investigates them as appropriate. It emphasizes throughout the organization the importance of ethics and compliance, and of our non-retaliation policy, which protects anyone who makes a good-faith report of any suspected misconduct.

The Chief Compliance Officer reports to International Medical Corps’ Board of Directors’ Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee, as well as to the President and CEO, and can be contacted at

Reporting and Whistleblowing

Anyone (including members of the general public) who suspects that International Medical Corps, or any of its employees, directors, officers, consultants, suppliers or other business partners, is not respecting or upholding any part of the International Medical Corps Code of Conduct should report the matter to or use the anonymous reporting hotline at

International Medical Corps actively encourages its employees to speak up, and has a policy that prohibits any retaliation against any employee making a good-faith report of suspected unlawful or unethical conduct.


It is the policy of International Medical Corps to safeguard and protect populations with which we work, including children and adults who may be particularly vulnerable. International Medical Corps has policies on child safeguarding, on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, on safeguarding adults at risk and on preventing trafficking in persons. International Medical Corps safeguards populations by creating awareness among staff of what safeguarding violations are, by prohibiting safeguarding violations and by enforcing mechanisms to address complaints about suspected safeguarding violations. International Medical Corps recognizes that all beneficiaries of our programs have the right to be protected from safeguarding violations, and strives to incorporate protection measures within our programming.

To help ensure that staff members do not engage in or have a history of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. By joining the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, International Medical Corps is helping to strengthen the defenses of the humanitarian aid sector against recruiting such individuals, and is working to ensure a safe working environment for its employees and beneficiaries.

For more information about International Medical Corps’ approach to preventing trafficking in persons, please review the International Medical Corps Global TIP Compliance Plan.