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Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics
"Doing the Right Thing"
Ethical Guideline for The Council on Aging of Etowah County (COA)

Because the success of COA depends upon continuing public trust in the COA and accountability of COA to the public we serve, we subscribe to the following ethical guidelines which we call "Doing the Right Thing."

1.  PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY:  A personal commitment to integrity in all circumstances benefits each individual as well as the organization.  We therefore:

Strive to meet the highest standards of performance, quality, service and achievement in working towards the mission of COA
.
Communicate honestly and openly and avoid misrepresentation.
Promote a working environment where honesty, open communication and minority opinions are valued.

Exhibit repsect and fairness toward all those with whom we come into contact.

2.  ACCOUNTABILITY:  COA is responsible to its stakeholders, to uphold this trust we:

Promote good stewardship of COA resources.

Refrain from using organizational resources for non-COA purposes.

Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting COA.

3.  SOLICITATIONS AND VOLUNTARY GIVING: The most responsive contributors are those who have the opportunity to become informed and involved.  We therefore:
Promote voluntary giving in dealing with donors and vendors.
Refrain from any is of coercion in fundraising activities, including predicting professional advancement on response to solicitations.

4.  DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:  COA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle of diversity.  We therefore:

Value, champion, and embrace diversity in all aspects of COA in full compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.

Support affirmative action and equal employment opportunity programs throughout The Council on Aging of Etowah County.

Refuse to engage in any form of discrimination or harassment as defined by law.

5.  CONFLICTS OF INTEREST:  To avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest which could tarnish the reputation of COA, The COA staff and representatives:
Avoid any activity or outside interest which conflicts or appears to conflict with the best interest of COA including involvement with a  current or potential COA vendor, grantee or competing organization unless disclosed to and not deemed to be inappropriate by COA Executive Committee.
Ensure that travel, entertainment and related expenses are incurred on a basis consistent with the mission of COA and not for personal gain or interests.

Decline any gift, gratuity or favor in the performance of COA duties except for promotional items of nominal value, and any food, transportation, lodging or entertainment unless directly related COA .

>Refrain from influencing the selection of staff, consultants or vendors who are relatives or personal friends or are affiliated with or employed by a person with whom they have a relationship that adversely affects the appearance of impartiality.

The COA Volunteers:

Should not knowingly take any action, or make any statement, intended to influence the conduct of COA is such a way as to confer any financial benefit on themselves, their immediate family members have a significant interest as stakeholders, directors or officers.

Members of the Board, volunteers and staff shall inform the Executive Director in writing of all know potential conflicts of interest on an annual basis.

6. CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY:  Confidentiality is a hallmark of professionalism.  We therefore:

Ensure that all information, which is confidential, privileged or nonpublic, is not disclosed
inappropriately .

Respect the privacy rights of all individuals in the performance of our COA duties.

7.  POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS:  As a charitable corporation, COA is prohibited from making contributions to any candidate for public office or political committee.  We therefore:

Refrain from making any contributions to any candidate for public office or political committee on behalf of COA, including the use of COA facilities for political campaign activities.

Refrain from making any contributions to any candidate for public offices or political committee in a manner that may create the appearance that the contribution is on behalf of COA.

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