Updated: On March 26, 2014, World Vision United States reversed a change to their hiring policy that would have allowed the organization to hire Christians in same-sex marriages. World Vision United States has now returned to their original definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. This blog has been updated March 27 to reflect this news.
Friends, we’ve been getting lots of questions about World Vision US’s hiring policy and I wanted to let you know that this does not affect World Vision Canada’s policies or actions.
Canada’s legal environment is quite different from that of the United States. We comply with provincial laws on this matter which prohibit discrimination in employment. For example, as part of our hiring process, we do not ask questions about sexual orientation, marriage or related issues.
However, when we hire, we are very clear about our values and our Christian identity. We explain how our Christian identity motivates and informs our work and how we work together here in Canada.
While we have a code of conduct on ethical and legal issues, we don’t ask staff to sign a lifestyle code of conduct.
We want our staff to be united around our mission of following Christ in serving the poor. When we hire staff, our Christian faith is clear. And when they join World Vision they are aligning with us as a Christian organization.
This is what is most key for us: When it comes to working with the poor, World Vision serves children, families and communities, regardless of whether they are aligned with our values or not. Race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation do not prevent us from serving the poorest of the poor.
If you have further questions, please get in touch. This is an important issue and we’d value the opportunity to discuss this with you.