Steadfast was originally born for the promotion and defence of Culture and Development in countries that are in constant economic hardship, in order to ensure a sustainable development of local culture and economy.
Over the years, Steadfast has been called to work for the defence of human rights and the fight against exploitation, becoming, thanks to the results achieved, a point of reference in these areas for governments and international organisations.
Steadfast is committed to implementing medium-long term projects with the aim of promoting development. Training is one of its fundamental pillars and both in Italy and in the other countries, where it operates, it is committed to this purpose by training human resources who will subsequently devote themselves to the research, the socio-scientific dissemination and the affirmation of the fundamental human right to life and health.
Steadfast, in the international scenario, is committed to:
- organise social-health cooperation missions, to respond to the urgent request for help from the least developed countries;
- promote the dissemination of education, culture and social development in less developed countries in order to facilitate an authentic promotion of human and civil activities;
- develop initiatives that will favour entrepreneurship, especially the youth one;
- operate a non-profit mediation action between public and territorial institutions and vulnerable individuals and categories, in order to protect their dignity.
The heart of Steadfast’s thinking is cooperation. “Cooperating does not mean intervening autonomously with actions for their own sake, but it means planning and achieving together by sharing and giving knowledge to ensure that in the future those who have received can build independently and give in return.”
The landmark values underlying the organization’s mission and activity are rooted in the fundamental principle that the recognition of human rights contributes to the well-being of everyone on the planet, a commonplace to be preserved.
Integrity and honesty are the values of our work in all circumstances and areas of intervention. Towards all actors, from institutional relations to donors, in full respect of the dignity of the beneficiaries.
The key ethical principles that support our actions are: respect for life, legality, fairness, subsidiarity, neutrality and social responsibility.
The principle of the respect for life requires us to protect its value, from the beginning to its natural end. As a founding principle of all rights, that of life is the beating heart of our actions, with which the human person is realised and incarnated in time and history, in an essential way.
The principle of legality guides our work in compliance with the regulations. Steadfast’s total refusal for any illegal behaviour is evident, even if it is instrumental to one of the purposes of our work. Therefore, do the good well.
The principle of fairness implies respect for the rights of each person involved in the activity of Steadfast, by the recipients of the Code of Ethics. On this line, Steadfast acts in compliance with the fundamental human rights and avoids, in the relations with interlocutors, any illegitimate discrimination based on age, gender, state of health, race, nationality, political opinions and religious beliefs.
Subsidiarity is the principle that implies two attitudes: that of not suppressing personal responsibilities and not replacing us to the individuals’ responsibilities and the legitimate initiatives of social groups. On the contrary, it requires to direct these responsibilities towards the common good and to support them. This means that the social action is more present where it is most required, that is, where individuals and groups cannot help themselves.
According to the principle of neutrality, Steadfast operates in complete independence from private interests and autonomously from government policies, aware of its social role towards the beneficiaries and the community, while preserving its neutrality in the areas of intervention.