Staff Values

Values framework

The organization have an inspiring values framework for how we work with each other with the behaviours and approach to which we hold ourselves and each other to account.

Audacious and rigorous

Audacious: We are imbued with a sense of hope, urgency, ambition and daring that drives us to take risks and to seek creative solutions that make Amnesty International ever more relevant and responsive to human rights concerns.

Rigorous: We aim to get things right first time, achieving standards of excellence and maximising our human rights impact, through processes that are effective and build confidence that our work and analysis is credible, politically astute and worth promoting.

Challenging and respectful

Challenging: We support the right to challenge and are willing to question decisions, behaviours, and laws in the interests of achieving positive change externally and internally.

Respectful: We value the opinions, professional expertise and diversity that we bring to the workplace, treating each other with respect, dignity and common courtesy regardless of background, lifestyle or position. We are collegial and authentic in our dealings with each other.

Agile and accountable

Agile: We are nimble, flexible and creative in the face of challenge. We make speedy decisions and deliver quickly and effectively. We cut incisively through complex and challenging issues. We grasp opportunities and demonstrate a bias for action which is tempered by rigour.

Accountable: We confidently and transparently assess our performance and proactively pursue a results-driven culture. We own accountability both as a concept and as a mind-set in order to maximise the impact of our human rights work and to manage our resources responsibly. We demonstrate cabinet responsibility.

Additional core value themes

Equality & diversity

Equality and diversity is at the core of our values. All of our employees work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of all is valued and respected.

Conflict of interest

The credibility and effectiveness of Amnesty International and its International Secretariat depends, in large part, on the competency, credibility, independence, impartiality and effectiveness of its staff and volunteers and on public perceptions of the same.  As such we ask all candidates and staff to consider, answer and adhere to a conflict of interest standard, defined by the International Secretariat as:

Public or other activity, affiliation to or support for any group or organization, personal association or other factor which may generate a real or perceived conflict of interest with AI''s principles (specifically independence and impartiality), or raise a security concern, or otherwise prevent the individual from carrying out key functions of the specific post and which must therefore disqualify the individual from being appointed or continuing in post

As such the International Secretariat asks that all candidates and existing staff and volunteers declare and disclose any activity or association or other factor which may generate real or perceived conflicts of interest or duties or which would otherwise affect their ability to perform the functions, role or responsibilities which they hold or for which they are a candidate. In regards to candidates for new appointments questions are included in the application form and the International Secretariat expects to discuss such matters at the interview stage of the recruitment process.