Integrity in the United Nations workplace


The United Nations thrives on diversity. The collective mix of people from different societies, families, communities, religious beliefs, ethnicity, etc., gives the United Nations the ability to fully contribute in the global pursuits mandated by the United Nations General Assembly.

The United Nations remains committed to showing respect for and understanding diverse points of view. The Organization shall provide employment opportunities to qualified applicants and staff members on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, colour, gender, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. Integrity in the workplace requires all staff members to embrace ethical conduct that promotes common values and behaviour expected of international civil servants.

The Charter of the United Nations and the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service provide explicit guidelines for behaviour. They both also serve as important communication vehicles to the staff of the Organization.

In this section you will review:

  • Conflict of interest
  • Fair and equal treatment - respect for diversity
  • Protecting United Nations property

Integrity in the workplace begins with treating all people with dignity and respect. As staff members we must:

  • work effectively with people from all backgrounds;
  • not discriminate against any individual or group;
  • examine our own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses;
  • treat men and women equally.