WHO Ethics

WHO Ethics

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Promoting compliance, risk management and ethics

The WHO Office of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics (CRE) promotes transparency and management of corporate-level risk, within the framework of WHO’s ethical principles.

To this end, CRE promotes the practice of the ethical principles derived from the international civil service standards of conduct for all WHO staff and associated personnel.

CRE provides clear and action-oriented advice in a secure and confidential environment where individuals can freely consult on ethical issues. The aim is to help individuals in performing their duties professionally and fairly, and to manage their personal affairs in a way that does not interfere with their official responsibilities.

The Office of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics (CRE) offers the following services:

  • Confidential ethics advice
  • Promotion of ethics awareness and education
  • Promotion of ethics standards
  • Protection of staff from retaliation for reporting wrongdoing
  • Administration of declarations of interest for staff and external experts
  • Authorization of outside activities


WHO would like to stress to all contractors and collaborators that WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse.

Each contractor and collaborator is expected to take all appropriate measures to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation or abuse of anyone by its employees or any other persons engaged by the contractor or collaborator to perform any services under the agreement with WHO. 

Each contractor and collaborator is expected to refrain from, and to take all reasonable and appropriate measures to prohibit its employees and other persons engaged by it from engaging in any sexual exploitation or abuse as described in the Policy.

Each contractor and collaborator is expected to promptly report to WHO and respond to, in accordance with the terms of the Policy, any actual or suspected violations of the Policy of which the contractor or collaborator becomes aware.

In case of violation of the Policy, WHO may decide to:

  • terminate any contract with the contractor or collaborator immediately upon written notice to the contractor or collaborator, without any liability for termination charges or any other liability of any kind; and/or
  • exclude the contractor or collaborator from participating in any ongoing or future tenders and/or entering into any future contractual or collaborative relationships with WHO.

WHO shall be entitled to report any violation of the above-mentioned provisions to WHO’s governing bodies and other UN agencies.


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If you have questions please contact the WHO CRE/Ethics Unit at [email protected]