In January 2013 the Millennium Challenge Corporation developed a set of corporate values to serve as the foundation for the agency’s culture, and to improve its performance through enhanced staff engagement and team effectiveness. MCC’s core values were identified through a staff-led, participatory process in which 82 percent of full time staff weighed in. The outcome was strongly endorsed by senior staff.
MCC’s values are drawn from the best of MCC’s existing practices, and the process to articulate MCC’s values and integrate them into MCC’s daily operations builds on learning from other values-based agencies such as the Government Accountability Office, and corporate leaders such as IBM, Grant Thornton, Intercontinental Hotels Group and UPS.
MCC’s mission is to reduce poverty through economic growth.
Our model is defined by core principles, including selectivity, country ownership, transparency, and a focus on results. MCC’s values define how we behave on a daily basis, both as individuals and as an institution, in pursuit of our mission. Our values identify who we are and what is important to us. They guide how we make decisions, set priorities, address challenges, manage tradeoffs, recruit and develop staff, and work together with our country partners and stakeholders.
We work together toward clear, common goals with a spirit of creativity and teamwork. We believe that bringing different perspectives to the table leads to finding the best solutions.
We question assumptions and seek to understand what works, what doesn’t and why. We recognize that failing to reach a goal can be an important source of learning, and we apply and share those lessons broadly.
We envision MCC as a leader in global development and we have high standards for ourselves, our partner countries and the investments we make. We bring out the best in ourselves and in each other to advance the fight against global poverty.
We own our actions, are honest about our limits and missteps and hold ourselves and each other responsible for good performance. We are transparent and explain our decisions.
Respect Individuals and Ideas
We are inclusive, act with humility and value diverse ideas. We listen to each other and foster strong working relationships with our colleagues at MCC, in our partner countries and in the development community.