SGI Charter


Preamble

We, the constituent organizations and members of the Soka Gakkai International (hereinafter called “SGI”), embrace the fundamental aim and mission of contributing to peace, culture and education based on the philosophy and ideals of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin.

We recognize that at no time in history has humankind experienced such an intense juxtaposition of war and peace, discrimination and equality, poverty and abundance as in the twentieth century; that the development of increasingly sophisticated military technology, exemplified by nuclear weapons, has created a situation where the very survival of the human species hangs in the balance; that the reality of violent ethnic and religious discrimination presents an unending cycle of conflict; that humanity’s egoism and intemperance have engendered global problems, including degradation of the natural environment and widening economic chasms between developed and developing nations, with serious repercussions for humankind’s collective future.

We believe that Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, a humanistic philosophy of infinite respect for the sanctity of life and all-encompassing compassion, enables individuals to cultivate and bring forth their inherent wisdom and, nurturing the creativity of the human spirit, to surmount the difficulties and crises facing humankind and realize a society of peaceful and prosperous coexistence.

We, the constituent organizations and members of SGI, therefore, being determined to raise high the banner of world citizenship, the spirit of tolerance, and respect for human rights based on the humanistic spirit of Buddhism, and to challenge the global issues that face humankind through dialogue and practical efforts based on a steadfast commitment to nonviolence, hereby adopt this charter, affirming the following purposes and principles:

Purposes and Principles

  1. SGI shall contribute to peace, culture and education for the happiness and welfare of all humanity based on Buddhist respect for the sanctity of life.
  2. SGI, based on the ideal of world citizenship, shall safeguard fundamental human rights and not discriminate against any individual on any grounds.
  3. SGI shall respect and protect the freedom of religion and religious expression.
  4. SGI shall promote an understanding of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism through grass-roots exchange, thereby contributing to individual happiness.
  5. SGI shall, through its constituent organizations, encourage its members to contribute toward the prosperity of their respective societies as good citizens.
  6. SGI shall respect the independence and autonomy of its constituent organizations in accordance with the conditions prevailing in each country.
  7. SGI shall, based on the Buddhist spirit of tolerance, respect other religions, engage in dialogue and work together with them toward the resolution of fundamental issues concerning humanity.
  8. SGI shall respect cultural diversity and promote cultural exchange, thereby creating an international society of mutual understanding and harmony.
  9. SGI shall promote, based on the Buddhist ideal of symbiosis, the protection of nature and the environment.
  10. SGI shall contribute to the promotion of education, in pursuit of truth as well as the development of scholarship, to enable all people to cultivate their individual character and enjoy fulfilling and happy lives.

SGI Australia Code of Business Principles

The SGI Australia (SGIA) Code of Business Principles describes the standards of conduct for our staff throughout Australia. This code reflects our SGI Charter and the philosophy of our founders.

Standard of conduct

All of our operations and activities as staff are to be conducted with transparency, honesty, integrity and a profound respect for human rights and the equality of all peoples. SGIA commits to the wellbeing of and best interest of its staff and members at all times.

All interactions with the community will be conducted with the highest standards of business practice and humanistic engagement.

Legal Requirements

SGIA will comply at all times with the legitimate laws of the land. Our employment strategies will fulfil the needs of our members and not be influenced by any form of discrimination.

SGI Australia requires that all employees accept responsibility to represent our organization in an exemplary manner, including appearance, behaviour, consideration and productivity. SGIA will provide training, feedback opportunities, regular reviews and a healthy, clean and well-equipped environment to support and enable employees to fulfil their responsibilities.

SGIA will provide regular and reliable information on our activities, structure, financial situation and performance to all financial members. Fair hearing will be given by any employee who claims legitimate unfair treatment or discrimination. Complaints will be heard by the General Manager. If the complaint involves the General Manager, it will be heard by the Board of Directors. Action based on these complaints will be at the discretion of the General Manager or the Board as required.

Community Engagement

SGIA will engage in promoting a harmonious expression of our values in concert with the community generally and in considered partnerships with like-minded organisations and individuals.

SGIA will promote business practice and activities while maintaining respect for, and protection of the environment, within its capabilities and within community standards and legal compliance.

Staff are required to comply with this code of business principles as implemented by management under direction from the Board of Directors. Non-compliance may result in censure and/or other penalties or termination.

SGI Australia ABN: 74 005 126 107