The mission of CEDEI is to promote and develop the core values stated in the IUPAC strategic plan, mainly: to strive for diversity and inclusiveness in all forms, to respect each other and the Union, and to uphold the highest standards of transparent, responsible and ethical behavior. The role of this Committee includes to provide advice, recommend best practices, and develop policies to ensure that IUPAC promotes and embraces ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion in the workspace, in publications, and in education in chemistry. While acknowledging that many organizations connected to IUPAC may already have their own in-house policies, this committee may also produce and collect examples of best practices, guidelines, and recommendations for the use of IUPAC and the chemistry community as a whole on these subjects. This independent Committee should also produce a whistleblower policy and serve as a confidential and safe point of contact for anyone who may feel harassed or discriminated against or who has witnessed a behavior inconsistent with the values, mission, and strategic plan of the Union. Finally, CEDEI can, at the request of the President of the Union, provide an independent opinion on any topic related to its mandate.
Read about IUPAC earlier commitment on Diversity and Inclusion (post July 2020)
Terms of Reference
(i) To provide independent advice to the President, Executive Committee, Executive Director, other Standing Committees, Divisions, and Commissions on matters relating to ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion within the policies, business and activities of the Union, or when undertaken by volunteers on behalf of the Union;
(ii) To make recommendations to the President and the Executive Committee, where appropriate, on matters relating to ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion within the policies, business and activities of the Union, or when undertaken by volunteers when engaged in business or activity on behalf of the Union;
(iii) To develop in-house policies on ethics, diversity, equity and inclusiveness that are in accord with the IUPAC strategic plan, which are widely publicized on the IUPAC website(s), and which act as a reference point for the behaviour of IUPAC members, volunteers and staff when engaged in activities or business on behalf of the Union;
(iv) To provide confidential advice or act as a confidential point of contact for IUPAC members, staff and volunteers, when engaged in business or activity on behalf of the Union, where an incident inconsistent with the Mission and Core Values of IUPAC may have occurred;
(v) To establish, subject to approval by the President and Executive Committee, Advisory Boards, Subcommittees, and Working Groups as needed to carry out specific functions of the committee.
Terms of Office
(i) There shall be a standing Committee on Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CEDEI), composed of a Chair, a Secretary, and 4 other Titular Members. The Executive Director shall be an ex officio member of the committee.
(ii) The President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint the Titular Members. The Standing Committee on Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CEDEI) may propose names of persons suitably qualified for appointment.
(iii) The period of service of a Titular Member shall be two years, renewable for a further term of two years.
(iv) The Membership shall be reviewed every two years by the incoming President, in consultation with the Executive Committee.
(v) The President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint the Chair. The Chair shall appoint a Secretary. The Committee on Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CEDEI) may propose candidates.
(vi) The period of service of the Chair shall not exceed 2 years. The sum of the years of service as a Titular Member and as the Chair shall not exceed 4 years.
(vii) The period of service of the Secretary shall not exceed 2 years. The sum of the years of service as a Titular Member and as the Secretary shall not exceed 4 years.
(viii) The maximum term of service for any individual Member of the Committee on Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion shall not exceed 4 years.