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Ethical framework

Open Briefing is:

  • a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief;
  • bound by the Code of Conduct for Members of the International NGO Safety and Security Association;
  • a member or associate member of the Humanitarian Practice Network, the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA), British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND); the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) and the UK Cyber Security Forum;
  • a certified member of Social Enterprise UK;
  • a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, and has been awarded a bronze award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS);
  • a member of the UK government’s Disability Confident scheme, and has been awarded a Level 1 certificate; and
  • a signatory of the Charter for employers who are positive about mental health.

For more information, please see our our ethical, environmental and equal opportunities policies.


Some of our most-important stakeholders are our funders and supporters, who provide us with the financial resources and moral support necessary to undertake our innovative work. Our current funders are:

  • Oak Foundation
  • Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
  • Marmot Charitable Trust
  • Network for Social Change
  • Philamonic Trust
  • Remote Control project


Open Briefing is managed by our founder and executive director, Chris Abbott, who is supported by an advisory board.

Open Briefing is committed to full disclosure, transparency and accountability. All our project proposals and budgets and internal evaluations are published online in full for anyone to hold us to account with. Our strategic plan, in particular, contains more information about the management and funding of the organisation and our plans for the future.