Steps’ policies in execution

Steps has an organizational mandate to take into account gender equality and inclusiveness in all its initiatives, interventions, impact assessment and monitoring.

Steps has all necessary policies for operating the management and organization smoothly. All of its policies are gender focused. Names of available policies are given below:

  1. Organizational Policy
  2. Human Resource Policy (Including Recruitment Policy)
  3. Code of conduct
  4. Gender Policy
  5. Child Protection Policy and Procedures
  6. Gender Responsive Financial Policy (Including Procurement Policy)
  7. Audit Policy and Procedure Manual
  8. Anti-fraud policy
  9. Policy for Sustainability of Steps
  10. Gender and Development (GAD- Policy)

Steps is a right-based organization and follows gender responsive policies like Organizational Policy, Financial Management policy, HR and Administrative policy, Gender Policy, Anti-fraud policy etc. in line with its constitutional obligations as well as development partners’ agreement and law of the country, which is approved by the Steps’ management as well NGO affairs Bureau. The organization ensures introducing of relevant national and international tools/instruments/mechanisms (e.g. national women’s development policy, VAW related laws, UN convention, declarations and treaties etc.) on women’s rights and entitlements as and when necessary/applicable. Steps regularly develops and/or uses user-friendly relevant materials in Bangla for better understanding of the audience. Steps has a code of conduct to be followed at every level. According to the code of conduct, values and behaviors staff are expected to practice are: respect and kindness, fairness and equality, transparency and honesty, ethical decision making etc. Behaviors that Steps staff commit not to engage in: abusive behavior, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation, discrimination, fraud and corruption etc. Steps and its partners/volunteers strictly maintain secrecy of the survivors of VAWG/GBV. Steps will follow “Do no harm” approach and ensure that its activities will do no harm to family bonding and create no new conflict. Rather its activities will intend to solve the existing problems through changing the negative and harmful attitude, behavior and practices towards women.