I'm looking for a word similar to constitution but in the context of an organization or team rather than a country. Basically a document that a team collaborates on and whenever they want to make a revision or amendment it has to go through intense discussion and review first (so, similar to when a court has to debate before an amendment to a constitution is applied). Furthermore, this document outlines everything the organization or team needs to know (i.e. institutional knowledge) (similar to how a constitution might outline everything a citizen needs to know to live in their country).

Edit: To add more ideas.... in my mind it's a document that's continually updated to reflect the current consensus of a group of people.

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    Google synonym constitution
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 2:18
  • Of course I've already tried that @HotLicks Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 5:10
  • Depending on the organisation there might also be specific technical terms; for instance, a limited company in the UK has Articles of Association.
    – Showsni
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 11:50
  • @wooooo298103 - And you didn't notice that "charter" is the very first word that shows up?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 11:54
  • @HotLicks guess not Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 0:43

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Charter would be a good choice,

From Lexico:

A written constitution or description of an organization's functions.

‘the impending review of the BBC's Charter’

From the American Hertiage Dictionary

A document outlining the principles, functions, and organization of a corporate body; a constitution: the city charter.

  • I really like this answer, I might accept it Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 5:11
  • @wooooo298103 It's a solid answer. I would accept it. :-) Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 17:23
  • There is also "Mission Statement" although this seems to be losing favour.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 16:07
  • @RichardKayser done Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 0:43
  • @wooooo298103 Good! Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 2:24

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