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Ethics as Basis for Publiks

Overview

Welcome to the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics of The Publiks Group, a division of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC (the “Code of Ethics” and the “Ethics”), which shall ethically guide, inform and govern any and all your activity with, within, for, on behalf of, in relation to or otherwise pertaining to Publiks.

Please take the time to read the Code of Ethics below carefully.

Your Agreement

— With respect to the Agreement you enter into with Publiks via the Code of Ethics, you understand and adhere to the following:

Persons Adhering to Agreement
that the Code of Ethics is to be adhered to by a wide range of associated individuals and communities ― including but not limited to board and committee members, leadership, management, officers, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, collaborators, partners, and visitors and users ― as they work in their capacity to establish, further develop, operate, collaborate with, carry out the mission and purposes of, and also visit, use and participate in the offerings of Publiks.
Applicability and Governance of Agreement
that the Code of Ethics ethically guides, informs and governs any and all of your access, action, activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use, in any way, pertaining to Publiks, its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and the Products and Services, including the Sites, and that you agree to abide by, assist, fully cooperate with and not interfere with Publiks and its sole Founder and Owner, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku in ensuring the compliance with and fulfillment of the Code of Ethics.
Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in any access, action, activity, communication, operation, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to Publiks, its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites — directly or indirectly as further described below — you are agreeing to the Code of Ethics as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Direct and Indirect Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in the above described activities directly or indirectly — whether engaged in through Publiks, its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or through persons and entities working with Publiks, its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or working with such engaged activities and resulting media, materials or otherwise — you are also agreeing to the Code of Ethics as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Binding Nature and Validity of Agreement
that you are also thus indicating that you understand the Code of Ethics and the Codes and Policies, that you intend them to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract, equally binding, and that you accept such Code of Ethics and Codes and Policies and agree to be legally bound by them (your “Agreement”).
Agreement On Behalf of Organization
that if you are engaging in any of the above described activities, communication or uses for or on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of that organization, and represent and warrant that you can do so.
In Case of Non-Agreement or Inability to Honor
that you will not engage in any of the above described activities, communication or uses if you do not agree to all of the Code of Ethics or the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Your Consent to The Ethics

— With respect to your ability to agree and consent to the Code of Ethics, you represent and warrant the following:

Your Power and Authority
that you have the power and authority to enter into the agreement entailed in the Code of Ethics, including, where applicable, the power and authority to enter into the agreement on behalf of an organization.
Required Age or Permission and Supervision
that you are at least eighteen (18) years old or if younger at least thirteen (13) years old and engage in activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use in relation to Publiks, its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, or its Products and Services, including the Sites with the permission and supervision of an adult parent or guardian.
Reading and Understanding
that you have read and understood the Code of Ethics.
Voluntary Nature of Consent
that you understand your consent to be voluntary in nature.
Agreement and Consent
that you consented to and agreed to be legally bound by the Code of Ethics.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products and Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree that your consent meets the conditions, principles and requirements for consent, as delineated and described in these Codes and Policies — for the specific purpose of consenting to this Policy, the Agreement and the Codes and Policies.

Your Abiding by The Ethics and Policies

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent to the Code of Ethics, you have read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by the Code of Ethics and the Codes and Policies, as they are amended from time to time, and in their entirety without modification.

Your Understanding of Ethics

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Code of Ethics, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of ethics as defined in all applicable guidelines, law and regulation, by Publiks in the Codes and Polices, and as specifically delineated below, which expressly emphasize provisions for the most rigorous and robust conceptions of dignity, humanity, independence and respect, and the most rigorous and robust protections for privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties and minority rights.

Your Commitment to Ethics

— You also represent, warrant and covenant that, given the aforementioned, your commitment to this understanding of ethics shall entail its basis for any activity you engage in with respect to Publiks — including its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as the Products and Services — and that any such actions and decisions you engage in shall be free of any incompatibility with, inconsistency with or violation of this Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

Publiks strongly recommend you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so ask that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Founding Code of Ethics, as well as the Codes and Policies. Publiks take your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including the Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Company Integrity

To protect the company and division integrity of Publiks — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the corporation, division and its official persons — Publiks require all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Company and Division Integrity.

Publiks remind you that the Policy on Company Integrity forms part of The Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, Publiks take your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including the Sites, as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@policies.org with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of these Codes and Policies, please contact policies@policies.org with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies and statements of Publiks, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page. Please do continue with the Code of Ethics via further reading below.

The Code of Ethics

Provision

Along with the above key principles, the Code of Ethics requires your adherence to correlative requirements delineated below:

Mission

Mission. To carry out the founding mission and purposes of Publiks in pursuit of private and public interest. To have all activities and operations support the mission and purposes. To have all who work for or on behalf of Publiks understand and be loyal to said mission and purposes. And to have the mission and purposes be responsive to the communities served by Publiks and be of value to the society at large.

Integrity

Integrity. To act with integrity in all activities within, with and with respect to Publiks. To ensure the organizational integrity of Publiks. And to promote at any official work for Publiks a working environment that values integrity.

Respect

Respect. To hold the fullest and most humane understanding of respect for persons to be essential to the formation, management, and operations of Publiks. To treat people of Publiks as individual persons and human beings fully enjoying respect and its substantive ethical benefits, including autonomy, dignity, humanity, integrity, and reciprocity. To also have the communities of Publiks — particularly those they help create, develop, foster, and support — emanate from and be informed by the above understanding of respect.

Governance

Governance. To have an active governing structure that is responsible for setting the strategic directions of Publiks as well as oversight of its finances, operations, and policies.

Responsible Stewardship

Responsible Stewardship. To manage all assets and properties of Publiks both responsibly and prudently — as described in the Founder’s Operating Agreement of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC, and in fiduciary duties delineated in the constituting and governance documents of Publiks and its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates. And to also guide the official persons and communities of Publiks in accordance with this Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Independence

Independence. To hold independence to be crucial to the fulfillment of the founding mission and purposes of Publiks. And to have independence be central to the development, role, and understanding of private and public benefit commerce to be shared by Publiks and its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates.

Nongovernmental, Nonpolitical, Nonreligious, Private

Nongovernmental, Nonpartisan, Nonpolitical, Nonreligious, Private. To hold the nongovernmental, nonpartisan, nonpolitical, nonreligious and private nature and status of Publiks to be essential to fulfilling the founding mission and purposes of Publiks. To have such nature and status be a central basis for efforts to promote the private and public interest across the complex affiliations, associations, states, and na-tions that constitute Africa, its global diasporas, and its connected or shared societies in which the communities of Publiks reside.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Confidentiality and Privacy. To foreground the most robust protections of confidentiality and privacy as central inspirations for the formation of Publiks. To consider the confidentiality and privacy of personal biospecimens, data, and information as basic, civil and fundamental rights, and to further consider the privacy of personal life, including but not limited to aspects of life pertaining to body, conversation, home, mind, and thought, as absolute basic, fundamental and natural freedoms, liberties, and rights — all of which are to be guaranteed, safeguarded as well as essential to the fulfillment of the founding mission and purposes of Publiks.

Ethics, Freedoms, Liberties

Ethics, Freedoms, Liberties. To take as centrally important the practice of ethics as the examination and analysis of how to determine and do good. To also hold as centrally important the recognition and safeguarding of autonomy, dignity, humanity, and respect as well as the basic, fundamental and natural freedoms, liberties, and rights accorded to all human beings. And to furthermore hold the robust protection of minority rights to be essential to the fulfillment of the founding mission and purposes of Publiks.

Reasonable Transparency

Reasonable Transparency. To also provide, where required, reasonable and timely information to the communities served by Publiks. To be responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. And to have such published information accurately and honestly reflect policies and practices. Solicitation materials and financial, organizational and program reports will be accurate and complete in all required respects.

Inclusiveness and Diversity

Inclusiveness and Diversity. To maintain a founding policy of promoting inclusiveness and diversity in the working environments and communities of Publiks. To take genuine and meaningful steps to promote inclusion in recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention, and in the communities to be reached, served and benefitted by Publiks.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation. To regularly and respectfully review program effectiveness, to develop lawful, respectful, and previously and expressly consented mechanisms to do so, and to in this manner incorporate lessons learned into existing and future programs.

Informed, Consented and Ethical Research and Care

Informed, Consented and Ethical Research and Care. To associate with, engage in, and support only activities that meet the most robust definitions of informed, consented and ethical research and care. And to have Publiks associate with, engage in, and support only care, research, and equivalent work that abide by the most humane and most respectful interpretations of the Belmont Report, the Declaration of Helsinki, the Nuremberg Code, the United Nations Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights, and applicable guidelines, laws, and regulation.

Legal Compliance

Legal Compliance. To remain knowledgeable of and comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and international conventions, subject to full access to and benefit of legal, financial and other professional counsel that is not compromised by the efforts of any individual or entity, private, governmental or otherwise.

Accessibility

Accessibility. To endeavor that the communities Publiks benefits, fosters, reaches, and serves become available to all who abide by this Code of Ethics, regardless of disability or notions of human, cultural or social difference.

Duty to Report and Inform

Duty to Report and Inform. To ensure that the work of Publiks reflect its founding mission and purposes by honorably carrying out a duty to promptly report and fully inform the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, of any apparent violation of or incompatibility with the founding mission or purposes, the Code of Ethics, the Codes and Policies, or equivalent codes, policies, or instruments of Publiks.

No Conflict or Inconsistency

No Conflict or Inconsistency — Finally, under no circumstances shall any action, activity, decision, operations, resolution, or their equivalent of or with Publiks, including any conducted while meeting any fiduciary duties or standards of care or conduct, be in intentional violation of or incompatible with the following:

Applicable Law or Regulation
any applicable provision of state, federal or international law or mandatory guidelines or regulations.
Confidentiality and Privacy Protections
the most robust protections of confidentiality and privacy and the strictest interpretations of confidentiality and privacy laws, as they are delineated in state, federal and international statutes and in the founding and governance documents and policies of Publiks and its divisions, series, and subsidiaries.
Duties, Protections, and Requirements for Consent
the duties, principles, protections, requirements, responsibilities, and rights pertaining to obtaining and maintaining express, informed and written consent as defined, described and delineated by Publiks for any action, activity, communication, meeting, operation, or other process involving two or more persons, including any evaluations or proceedings, and for providing regular, clear, written and fully informing and signed reports of such evaluations and proceedings to all parties involved.
Code of Ethics and Founding Agreement
any provision of the above Code of Ethics, the Codes and Policies, and the Founder’s Operating Agreement of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC, or equivalent codes, policies, or instruments of Publiks.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, Publiks, any part or section of Publiks, any part or section of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any part or section of its Products or Services, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, in the Code of Ethics, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Questions

Please send any questions or concerns you may have concerning the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics to policies@publiks.org.

Gathering (Benny Jackson)
Gathering (Benny Jackson)
Running with Bulls, Spain (Ethan Weil)
Running with Bulls, Spain (Ethan Weil)
S 4th St, Victory-Lane, Ames, 2016 (Emma Dau)
S 4th St, Victory-Lane, Ames, 2016 (Emma Dau)
Logic Concert, Miami, Florida, USA, 2017 (Nicholas Green)
Logic Concert, Miami, Florida, USA, 2017 (Nicholas Green)
Love Is All Around, New York City, USA, May 2017 (Dimitar Belchev)
Love Is All Around, New York City, USA, May 2017 (Dimitar Belchev)
Celebrating 4th of July, San Diego, 2017 (Frank McKenna)
Celebrating 4th of July, San Diego, 2017 (Frank McKenna)
Graffiti of Woman, Brooklyn, NYC, USA (Chris Barbalis)
Graffiti of Woman, Brooklyn, NYC, USA (Chris Barbalis)
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Yes in American Sign Language, English

Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to Publiks, including its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and its Products and Services. By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Use Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. Access to the aforementioned is provided below.

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Associated Policies

All Associated Policies (HTML and PDF)

*Note

*Note: Please see the main Policies page for notice on conditions incompatible with the founding and mission of Publiks.

Ethics at Publiks and in Publics

The Codes and Policies above reflect the founding and overarching missions of Publiks. They inform each instance of commitment, effort and work to achieve benefit, impact and success. The result, therefore, are three features evident in the above company entities, its products, services, sites, and most importantly, its communities:

01.

Publiks Group as Ethical Communities

The Publiks Policies are adhered to by a range of individuals and communities, who work in its varied capacities and relation to Publiks to help develop, provide and participate in a private company dedicated to enhancing the public interest.

02.

Built and Peopled with Respect in Mind

Who take as its basis the most robust conceptions of dignity, humanity, integrity and respect, including civil liberties and rights, up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for. As they carry out the overlapping missions of Publiks.

03.

In Spaces that are Safe, Secure, and Collaborative

And who also join in ongoing efforts to ensure that Publiks, as well as its Products, Services and Sites remain active, collaborative, safe and secure places to do work, to express and discuss, to teach and learn, to form, inform and even alter local and global communities.

More About Us

The Publiks Group

Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group were formed by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, to foster and improve public awareness, public knowledge, the public interest and local and global interrelationships concerning societies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

— About Us

Mission, Scope, Founder

Founded as private and independent company entities, Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group are engaged in work that is both domestic and international in scope, concerned as they are with offering services to communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Overview

Nature, Scope, Means

Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group are governed by the Founder‘s Agreement, Founding Ethics, ByLaws and a set of associated Policies — each thoughtfully derived from the above and collectively constituting the governance communities standards documents.

— Policies

Agreement, ByLaws, Terms

Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group provide updates on news, events and media coverage pertaining to its development, operations, work and resulting communities. Also provided are alerts, newsletters and periodic reports for those who wish to sign up and stay informed.

— Communications

Press, Newsletters, Reports

Those interested may contact The Publiks Group and Publiks Inc for positions and openings in management, employee and contributing staff, and collaborations and partnerships. A career doing work here will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at Ikoku & Publiks

Boards, Jobs, Contributions