Briefing Note: ‘Sexual Exploitation’ in the Global Fund’s Codes of Conduct


The Global Fund has established Codes of Conduct which employees, resource recipients, suppliers, Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) members, and governance officials must uphold while carrying out their work. One of the requirements, which applies to all parties under these codes, is to prohibit ‘sexual exploitation.’ Due to widespread conflations of sex work with ‘sexual exploitation,’ however, there is concern that this provision may be misinterpreted to exclude sex workers.

This Briefing Note clarifies this provision and provides information which members can use if they are challenged by Global Fund stakeholders. 

You can download the 3-page Briefing Note above. It is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.