How ID Engages Clients

Independent Diplomat holds itself and its clients to strict ethical standards.  It requires its clients to be committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

ID undertakes significant due diligence before agreeing to work with a prospective client.  This three-stage process involves: (i) background research; (ii) consultation with at least two reputable organisations with local knowledge of the situation and/or the prospective client (e.g. an international organisation,  an international NGO, a trusted government); and (iii) detailed discussion with ID’s Advisory Council, which includes distinguished former diplomats and international relations experts.

ID’s assessment of prospective clients involves a determination of:

  • Whether the prospective client is involved in a situation at risk of escalating to conflict or returning to conflict;
  • Whether ID’s assistance would help reduce the likelihood of an escalation or return to conflict;
  • Whether the prospective client is, in some way, at a disadvantage in international diplomacy (in terms of lack of resources and/or expertise and/or experience and/or power);
  • Whether the prospective client actively wants and can benefit from ID’s help, and whether it has the capacity to engage with and absorb the advice provided ;
  • Whether there is any conflict of interest with ID’s existing operations;
  • Whether the prospective client meets ID’s ethical criteria, which are that the client must be committed to:
    • Observance of international law;
    • Respect for international institutions including the United Nations;
    • Protection of human rights;
    • The rule of law, including democratic and accountable government; and
    • Refusal of support to those promoting or engaging in unlawful violence.

Once engaged, the advice that Independent Diplomat provides to its clients always reflects respect for international law, including international human rights law.

ID conducts periodic ethical reviews of its work with each client, and at its own discretion will suspend or terminate a client relationship for any breaches of its ethical criteria.