TIP adopts indigenous values in its work. Partners are united by common beliefs in the importance of adopting an ecosystem approach, being accountable for the next 7 generations and maintaining a fair, respectful and sacred relationship in nature. Principles you can find in the Code of Ethics are concepts such as:

Agrobiodiversity is worth saving because it achieves agroecological food production and helps build resilience.

Nurturing, consensus sharing and peace are value systems on which Indigenous and Matrilineal societies are built upon and can play a role in shaping more equitable and inclusive modern societies.

Tolerance, patience, curiosity and trust  towards different perspectives are the foundations of diversity for the individual through personal experiences.

Impartiality and respect  in giving the community their choice by supporting them in discovering what they want and empower them to chase after it and make it their reality.

Providing access to better quality evidence – The best way to respond to changing and diverse community needs is to never stop learning and we make it our mission to source better and more relevant knowledge or research each year

Bold Spokespersons – Indigenous communities’ demands must be heard and they should be recognised as stewards with valuable wisdom that should inform policy and food system decisions. We stand by them.

TIP’s Code of Ethics is a living document that evolves and matures with the organisation’s experiences. It draws upon best international practices in developing ethical frameworks, including inter alia the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Code of Ethics, CBD Akwé: Kon Guidelines; International Society of Ethnobiology Code of Ethics, and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.