Cadus` Code of Conduct

Our work is founded on humanitarian principles, which we regard as highly relevant and important.


Human rights extend to all people everywhere, irrespective of a person’s history. As humanitarian aid workers, we are neither to judge nor hangman. This means that we help and treat people according to necessity, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or politics.


It would be naïve to think of humanitarian aid as independent of financial constraints. To Cadus, it is important to be up front and transparent about its financial ties. We strictly refuse financial support that comes with strings attached to religious or political interests. Ideally, we would like to only finance ourselves from private donations. However, given the high costs of medical emergency relief, this is nearly impossible. For that reason, we partly receive financial support from international institutions, which themselves are bound to humanitarian principles - much like institutions of the United Nations. Furthermore, in addition to private donations, we receive funds from foundations and the private sector. In this regard, it is important that financial supporters may not and cannot influence Cadus as to how we conduct our work. Moreover, guidelines of companies or mission statements of foundations may not conflict with the values and principles Cadus is committed to.


As humanitarian aid workers we do not distinguish between people according to their political or religious affiliation. Every person has a right to emergency relief. We take a stance against establishments and politics causing suffering, as they are ultimately responsible for making our work even necessary. Our goal is to make ourselves expendable. In order to achieve this, we solidarize with the people in crisis areas who are in need of humanitarian aid. Solidarity with those people is the impetus for our humanitarian work. For Cadus, humaneness is not confided to the short-term alleviation of suffering but it extends to working towards a solution, together with those afflicted, to avoid suffering in the first place.