The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has updated its member Code of Conduct, its complaints policy and introduced a Code of Behaviour, amid widespread concern around the amount of sexual harassment experienced by young female fundraisers,

The changes are being put in place following calls from the sector for it to do more to protect fundraisers from abuse of harassment.

The Code of Conduct has been updated to specifically outline expectations for members.

The membership body has also changed its complaints policy and regulations and said it will now investigate anonymous complaints, with the caveat that maintaining anonymity may limit action that it can take.

The IoF has also developed a specific Code of Behaviour for anyone attending events.

On Twitter, Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said it was “vital for us to have a truly inclusive profession”.

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