Code of Ethics

All chapters of Clowns Without Borders throughout the world adhere to a similar Code of Ethics. These principles provide artists and teachers with the following common framework of understanding in regards to their conduct in the field as well as the ethics of Clowns Without Borders:

• The main beneficiaries of Clowns Without Borders are children and their caregivers living in situations of crisis.

• Participating artists shall not discriminate based on race, gender, age, religion, culture, social situation or any other categorization when offering his/her work.

• The participating teaching artist will not use Clowns Without Borders humanitarian activities to promote his/her professional career.

• Participating teaching artists will not use Clowns Without Borders activities to impose personal points of view upon target populations. The artist will not attempt to “educate” the population, refraining from any “evangelical” activities.

• Participating teaching artists, when choosing the contents of his/her performances workshops, and comportment in the field will consider the sensibilities of the target, taking into account their culture as well as the delicate situation in which they are living.

• Participating teaching artists, when working with CWB projects, see and share difficult situations throughout the world. Their work does not end when they return home. They should testify in the measure possible all situations of injustice that they have witnessed.

• As representatives of Clowns Without Borders in the field, during performances and in contact with the public, participating artists remain clowns and teachers, and this is our primary method of intervention.

• Clowns Without Borders is a drug-free organization.

• The name, logo and identity of Clowns Without Borders shall not be used as a vehicle for remuneration.

• In the matter of seeking financial support, Clowns Without Borders remains attentive to the ethical values and the respect of human rights of our sponsors and partners.