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Independence and Freedoms

Overview

Welcome to the Policy on Independence and Freedoms of The Alvan Ikoku Philanthropies, a division of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC. The Ikoku Philanthropies holds its independence to be essential to its founding, mission, and purposes, and is furthermore committed to conceptions of freedom and liberties as a set of fundamental, inalienable and often absolute rights.

Therefore, persons engaged in activity within, for, on behalf of, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Philanthropies are expected to take the time to read the Policy on Independence and Freedoms below carefully.

Your Agreement

— With respect to the Agreement you enter into with The Ikoku Philanthropies via the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, you understand and adhere to the following:

Persons Adhering to Agreement
that the Policy on Independence and Freedoms 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 The Ikoku Philanthropies.
Applicability and Governance of Agreement
that the Policy on Independence and Freedoms governs any and all of your access, actions, activity, communication, operations, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Philanthropies, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites.
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 The Ikoku Philanthropies, its 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 Policy on Independence and Freedoms as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Philanthropies 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 The Ikoku Philanthropies, its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or through persons and entities working with The Ikoku Philanthropies, its 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 Policy on Independence and Freedoms as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Philanthropies 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 Policy on Independence and Freedoms 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 Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality 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 Policy on Independence and Freedoms or the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Philanthropies, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Philanthropies, 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

— With respect to your ability to agree and consent to the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, 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 Policy on Independence and Freedoms, 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 The Ikoku Philanthropies, its divisions, 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 Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality.
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 Policy on Independence and Freedoms.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Philanthropies, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Philanthropies, 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 a these Codes and Policies — for the specific purpose of consenting to this Policy, the Agreement and the Codes and Policies.

Your Abiding by The Policies

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

Your Understanding of Independence

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of independence and rights of independence as defined in all applicable guidelines, law and regulation, by The Ikoku Philanthropies in the Codes and Polices and as further delineated below, to be respected and not violated, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Freedoms

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of freedoms and rights of freedom as defined in all applicable guidelines, law and regulation, by The Ikoku Philanthropies in the Codes and Polices and as further delineated below, to be respected and not violated, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Liberties

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of liberties and rights of liberty as defined in all applicable guidelines, law and regulation, by The Ikoku Philanthropies in the Codes and Polices and as further delineated below, to be respected and not violated, in any way, by you.

Your Commitment to the Three

— You also represent, warrant and covenant that, given the aforementioned attestation, your commitment to this understanding of independence, freedoms, and liberties shall entail the following:

Basis for Your Actions, Activity and Decisions
its basis for any activity you engage in with respect to The Ikoku Philanthropies — including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as its 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 the Policy on Independence and Freedoms.
Commitment to Independence Rights and Protections
that this commitment include but not be limited to upholding everywhere and for The Ikoku Philanthropies and its Founder the most respectful and robust interpretation of rights to independence, including as such rights and protections are ratified in California and the constitutional principle codified in the State Constitution of California that “all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights” to “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”
Commitment to Freedom Rights and Protections
that this commitment include but not be limited to upholding everywhere and for every person at The Ikoku Philanthropies the most respectful and robust interpretation of rights to freedom, including as such rights and protections are ratified in California and the constitutional principle codified in the State Constitution of California that “all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights” to “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”
Commitment to Liberty Rights and Protections
that this commitment include but not be limited to upholding everywhere and for every person at The Ikoku Philanthropies the most respectful and robust interpretation of rights to liberty, including as such rights and protections are ratified in California and the constitutional principle codified in the State Constitution of California that “all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights” to “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”
Commitment to Respectful and Protective Practices
that you respectfully assist and in no way interfere with or impede the reasonable efforts taken by The Ikoku Philanthropies to translate the above commitments into practices for developing and maintaining protections of rights to independence, freedoms and liberties, including in (a) The Ikoku Philanthropies making every reasonable effort to ensure civil liberties are respected and not violated; (b) The Ikoku Philanthropies making every reasonable effort to ensure fundamental freedoms are respected and not violated; and (c) The Ikoku Philanthropies making every reasonable effort to ensure the rights of independence are essential to its work, maintained, respected and not violated.
Commitment to Protections Following From and Ahead of the Law
that you also respectfully assist and in no way interfere with or impede the reasonable efforts taken by The Ikoku Philanthropies to adopt a coupled approach to legal and substantive protections of rights to independence, freedoms and liberties derived, in part, from the provision of rights and protections via advances in law and regulation, but also often beyond what the law provides for and protects.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Philanthropies, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Philanthropies, 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.

Accordance with Ethics

— that The Ikoku Philanthropies ensure following the above principles further remains in accordance with the Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

The Ikoku Philanthropies strongly recommends you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, as well as the Codes and Policies. The Ikoku Philanthropies takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Company Integrity

To protect the company and organizational integrity of The Ikoku Philanthropies — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the company and its official persons — The Ikoku Philanthropies requires 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.

The Ikoku Philanthropies reminds you that the Policy on Company and Division Integrity forms part of The Ikoku Philanthropies User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, The Ikoku Philanthropies takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its 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@ikokuphilanthropies.com with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo 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@ikokuphilanthropies.com 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 The Ikoku Group, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page. Please do continue with the Policy on Independence and Freedoms via further reading below.

Rights of Independence

Provision

Along with the above key principles, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms requires your adherence to correlative rights of independence delineated below.

Of Administration

that the fundamental rights of independence of The Ikoku Philanthropies and its Founder — including the Founder’s independent administration, control, management, operation, ownership, and supervision of The Ikoku Philanthropies — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

From Government

that the fundamental rights of independence of The Ikoku Philanthropies from government — including the distinction and separation of The Ikoku Philanthropies’s administration, control, management, operation, ownership, properties, products, services, and sites from government activities, entities, offices, and persons — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

From Politics

that the fundamental rights of independence of The Ikoku Philanthropies from politics — including the distinction and separation of The Ikoku Philanthropies’s administration, control, management, operation, ownership, properties, products, services, and sites from political activities, entities, and offices — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

From Public

that the fundamental rights of independence of The Ikoku Philanthropies grounded in its private, single-member and single-interest holder status — including the defense, protection, and separation of The Ikoku Philanthropies’s administration, control, management, operation, ownership, properties, products, services, and sites from collective, common, communal or public control, decision-making, or ownership — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

From Religion

that the fundamental rights of independence of The Ikoku Philanthropies from organized religions — including the distinction and separation of The Ikoku Philanthropies’s administration, control, management, operation, ownership, properties, products, services, and sites from faiths other than that established and interpreted by the Founder — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

From Supervision and Surveillance

that the fundamental rights of independence of The Ikoku Philanthropies and its Founder from supervision and surveillance — including the defense and protection of The Ikoku Philanthropies’s administration, control, management, operation, ownership, properties, products, services, and sites from monitoring, tracking, or other oversight by entities, offices, or persons that are not The Ikoku Philanthropies, The Ikoku Group, or their Founder — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms and Liberties

Provision

Along with the above key principles, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms requires your adherence to correlative freedoms and liberties delineated below.

A — Of Community

Freedoms of Affiliation

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to affiliation — including freedoms to affection, family, friendship, marriage, partnership, and relations — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Arts and Culture

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to arts and culture — including freedoms to artistic and cultural expression, inquiry, practice, and theory — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Association

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to association — including freedoms to assembly, gathering, participation, and spirituality — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Exchange

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to exchange — specifically freedoms to consented, legal and respectful communication, ownership, property, and trade — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

B — Of Persons

Freedoms of Autonomy

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to autonomy — including freedoms to being informed, to freely giving consent, to deciding for own body and life, and to protecting against use of self as means to any end — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Dignity and Integrity

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to dignity and integrity — including freedoms deriving from capabilities, equanimity, humanity, personhood, and respect — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Examination and Exploration

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to examination and exploration of the self — as they pertain to mind, body, spirit, surroundings, and society — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Inquiry

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to inquiry — as they pertain to knowledge and its application — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Mind and Thought

that the basic, fundamental and natural rights of persons to freedoms of mind, thought and the cognition of the self — including freedoms to thought that entails deliberation, decision-making, reasoning, and other cognitive activities and states of conscience, creativity, emotion, imagination, intellect, mind, psyche, soul, and spirit — be absolute, fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

C — From Communities

Liberties from Communities, Publics, States

that the fundamental liberties of persons from imposition or intrusion — restricting imposition, intrusion, or violation by communities, professions, publics, and states — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Liberties of Citizenship

that the civil liberties of persons due to citizenship and residency be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Liberties of Independence

that the civil liberties of persons to independence and self-governance be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Liberties of Mind and Thought

that the above rights of persons to freedoms of mind, thought and the cognition of the self also be basic, fundamental and natural liberties of mind, thought, and the cognition of the self — precluding imposition, intrusion, or violation by communities, professions, publics, and states — and that these liberties be absolute, fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Questions and Violations

If you have any questions regarding this Policy, or wish to report any violations you notice (or feel may be occurring), please contact us at policies@ikokuphilanthropies.com.

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Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
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Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
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Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
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Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
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Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
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Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Philanthropies User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for or pertaining to The Ikoku Philanthropies (as well as its series, subsidiaries and affiliates). By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Mission Statement, the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Company and Division Integrity, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Uses Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. We provide access to all of the described below.

Founding and Mission

Statement on Founding and Mission of The Ikoku Philanthropies (HTML and PDF)

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Company and Division Integrity

Company and Division Integrity (HTML and PDF)

Independence and Freedoms

Independence and Freedoms (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)

The Acceptable Uses Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Policies

All Policies (HTML and PDF)

Ethics in the Division, and Company

The Codes and Policies above deeply reflect the founding and mission of The Ikoku Group and The Ikoku Philanthropies. They inform each instance of commitment, effort and work to achieve benefit, impact and success. The result, therefore, are three features evident in the company, the division, their products, services, sites, and most importantly, their communities:

01.

The Ikoku Group as a Company of and about Ethics

The company ethics and policies are carefully crafted, then adhered to by a range of individuals and divisions working in varied relation to The Ikoku Group to establish, develop and provide a private company dedicated to fostering care and creativity, ethics and innovation.

02.

Built with Integrity and Respect in Mind

Who take as their basis the most robust conceptions of respect, humanity, integrity, civil liberties and civil rights — up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for — as they carry out and embody the mission and purposes of The Ikoku Group.

03.

In Divisions that are Safe, Secure and Respectful

And who also join in ongoing efforts to ensure that The Ikoku Group, its Divisions and its Products and Services remain safe, secure and respectful 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 Ikoku Philanthropies

The Ikoku Group was formed to foster care and creativity, ethics and innovation in work and communities of enduring concern to its founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and partners.

— About The Group

Mission, Scope, Founder

Founded as a US limited liability company, The Ikoku Group is engaged in work that is both domestic and international in scope, concerned as it is with communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Governance

Nature, Leadership, Ethics

The Ikoku Group is governed by its Founder‘s Agreement, Code of Ethics and associated Policies — each thoughtfully developed and collectively constituting the governance documents of The Ikoku Group.

— Policies

Agreement, Codes, Terms, Conditions

Where available, The Ikoku Group provides updates on news, events and media coverage pertaining to its operation, development, work, and communities.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Coverage

Where appropriate, The Ikoku Group also provides periodic alerts, newsletters and reports for those who wish to become more deeply informed of recent developments as well as past and future work.

— Reports

Alerts, Newsletters, Periodicals

Those interested in its mission, objectives and work may contact The Ikoku Group and its Founder for available positions, contributorships and partnerships. A career at and with The Ikoku Group will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at The Ikoku Group

Positions, Volunteers, Contributors