Integrity, transparency and responsibility with regard to the major issues facing our society have always been at the heart of Paris Brain Institute’s values. These concerns have led us to make commitments in the areas of ethics and professional conduct, equity and inclusion, as well as rigor and quality in our management of donations.
ETHICS & DEONTOLOGY
Published in 2020, the goal of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Charter of Paris Brain Institute is to advance the Institute’s mission of promoting honest and responsible research, in the service of the advancement of knowledge, with the aim of improving the quality of life of individuals and communities.
The Ethics and Professional Conduct Charter sets out a certain number of ethical and deontological commitments of which the application is essential in the Institute’s fields of activity. It also aims to define what constitutes professional integrity in general.
Specifically, this charter brings together 12 commitments made by the individuals who contribute to all of the Institute’s various activities.
EQUITY & INCLUSION
The professional environment promoted by Paris Brain Institute is based on diversity and respect for the individual, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, etc.
In January 2021, Paris Brain Institute endorsed the ALBA declaration on equity and inclusion in its effort to advance equity and inclusion in neurosciences.
By signing this declaration, Paris Brain Institute is now part of a network of more than 150 scientific organizations committed to more diversity and equity in the scientific world.
The ALBA Network gathers neuroscientists from all over the world with the objective of developing fair and inclusive scientific communities. It focuses on two obstacles to equity and inclusion: implicit biases and discriminatory workplace culture.
GENDER EQUITY CHARTER
Paris Brain Institute is strengthening its HR policy in favor of more equality between women and men with concrete actions including the creation of the Gender Equity Committee in 2018.
Following up on the Ethics and Professional Conduct Charter, the Gender Equity Committee published a charter dedicated to the subject of parity in January 2022. It sets out the principles and objectives to be achieved within the Institute to combat gender-based discrimination and promote equity. This charter is the first pillar of a broader approach to fight against other sources of discrimination and inequity, and to work towards inclusion and diversity within Paris Brain Institute.The Committee has also established an action plan for the next five years to outline the means and resources that the Institute will use to achieve the objectives set by the Charter (english version soon).
GENDER EQUALITY INDEX
The regulation law for the freedom to choose one’s professional future (5 September 2018) aimed to reduce inequalities between men and women and included several obligations that are now imposed on employers.
One of them is the calculation of five indicators, called the Gender Equality Index. These indicators include the gender pay gap, the gender pay raise rate gap, the gender promotion rate gap, the percentage of female employees who received a pay raise in the year following their return from maternity leave, and the number of employees of the under-represented gender among the ten highest paid employees.
The calculation of this index gives an overall score out of 100, and if the score is less than 75 out of 100, the company must take action to correct the situation within three years or face a financial penalty.
Companies with more than 250 employees (including Paris Brain Institute) were subject to this obligation as of 1 September 2019.
The overall score for ICM Foundation for the year 2021 is 91/100, broken down by indicator as follows
Remuneration gap indicator: 36
Difference in rate of increase indicator: 20
Promotion rate gap indicator: 15
Return from maternity leave indicator: 15
High pay indicator: 5
DONATE WITH CONFIDENCE
Committed to maintaining excellence, Paris Brain Institute has implemented internal and external control procedures to ensure the rigor, efficiency and transparency of its donation management.
On 3 November 2010, Paris Brain Institute was awarded the “Donate with Confidence” label (from the “Comité de la Charte”), which was renewed in October 2022. For more than 30 years, this committee has carried out the mission of professional regulation in the field of philanthropy in France. Its regulation is based on three commitments: approved organizations must respect the agreed upon rules of ethics in the field of philanthropy, they must adhere to a collective discipline with regards to donors, and they must accept the continuously evolving ethical standards agreed upon.
Use of animals for scientific purposes at the Paris Brain Institute
The use of animal models in research, particularly in the field of biomedicine, is a subject prompting major legitimate public concern.
Teams from the Paris Brain Institute use all available methods for tackling nervous system diseases, from computational models to studies involving humans, and also animal models. The Paris Brain Institute is committed to maximum transparency and communication on its work and objectives in terms of meeting regulatory obligations, the quality of research carried out in its laboratories, and its proactive approach to improving research practices.