ICC Charter of
Values and Principles
This document lays out the values and principles to be
adopted by all members and volunteers of the Iranian
Canadian Congress (hereafter ICC). The Charter is
organized in two sections. The first section covers five
key values embraced by ICC: Unity, Non-partisanship,
Inclusiveness, Transparency, Empowerment
(UNITE). These values can be materialized if and
only if the five principles, presented in the second
section, are closely followed.
ICC should make it its highest priority to uphold unity
within its membership (and the larger community) and
avoid divisive policies and activities on which Iranian
Canadians have fundamental differences.
ICC should stay completely neutral towards political
parties and governmental entities. ICC can take a
position on an issue, but it should always strike a
balance between different views and give the highest
priority to neutrality and the unity of the community.
ICC should be inclusive of all Iranian Canadians
irrespective of their political affiliation or beliefs
or any other differentiating factor such as religious or
ethnic background or sexual orientation.
ICC should conduct its business with full transparency
toward its membership and the larger community. The
membership should have full access to important
information such as the membership list, meeting
minutes, financial reports and decision-making
ICC should empower its members by recognizing them as
the owners of the organization and finding ways to make
its various governing bodies accountable to them.
ICC is a Canadian
institution. As such, taking a position on any issue
that involves Iranian domestic or foreign affairs, even
indirectly, is outside its mandate. Under exceptional
circumstance, where ICC has to approach such issues, it
should do so with the unity of the community in mind and
in compliance with the values and principles stated
ICC should do its best to give equal priority to all
aspects of the lives of Iranian Canadians, namely
cultural, economic, political and social, and should shy
away from placing too much emphasis on one of these
areas at the expense of the others.
ICC’s approach to political issues should be one which
is inclusive of the various views represented by its
diverse membership. When ICC needs to address a need of
the community which may be potentially divisive, it
should rely on the collective wisdom of its diverse
membership and attempt to build consensus on a middle
ground which is acceptable to all opposing views.
ICC should rely on a diverse advisory committee with
representation from opposing views to help the Board of
Directors find peaceful solutions to difficult and
potentially divisive issues. The advisory board should
be regularly consulted by the Board on important issues.
ICC should adhere to full accountability towards its
membership and develop measures for its continuous
implementation and assessment.