Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

The members of the Board of Directors and its committees as well as the volunteers and staff members of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation recognize that they have a role to play in protecting the Foundation’s donors, who constitute the driving force behind its mission.

By complying with this Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, these individuals will ensure that the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is deserving of donors’ trust and remains committed to embracing concrete solutions for fostering this trust.

This Code outlines the duties and obligations to be discharged by the members of the Board of Directors and its committees, volunteers serving the Foundation in an official capacity and all Foundation employees in their various relations associated with the performance of their functions. The Board is responsible for enforcing the Code. A copy of the Code will be available to any person who requests it. The Code may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Board at a special meeting called for this purpose.

All those to whom this Code applies are required to sign a declaration of adherence.


  • Members of the Board of Directors and volunteers serving the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation will provide their services free of charge and receive no financial or material incentive.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will work actively and collaboratively toward the implementation of the Foundation’s overall objectives. They will conduct themselves with composure and dignity in all activities of a public nature associated with the Foundation.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will respect the confidentiality of all discussions and interactions, as well as all contributions to the Foundation, unless donors have given their explicit consent to having such information disclosed.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will be transparent in their actions and attitudes toward the Foundation’s undertakings, provided that the principles of privacy and confidentiality are upheld at all times. Accordingly, they will respond promptly to all requests concerning the Foundation’s activities and financial statements.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will avoid all conflicts of interest, as defined in the Foundation’s policy on this subject.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will avoid engaging in any form of discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or political belief.

  • All fundraising activities must be tasteful and consistent with recognized philanthropy standards. Children must never be depicted in a demeaning or inappropriate way for promotional purposes or during the course of an activity. All actions undertaken must be legal and ethical.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will commit to keeping abreast of current legislation and major studies concerning the development and implementation of philanthropy-related practices.

  • Members of the Board of Directors, volunteers and employees of the Foundation will abide by the wishes expressed by certain donors to direct their donations to a specific purpose, unless said donors have consented to an alternate use.