ABDA Code of Conduct
The American Behcet’s Disease Association (ABDA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 charity. As volunteers and contractors, we are responsible for adding value to ABDA and contributing to the ethical success of this organization. We accept responsibility for our individual decisions and actions. We also advocate by engaging in activities that enhance the ABDA’s credibility and value. The volunteers and contractors are responsible for adhering to the following:
• Strive to meet the highest standards of competence and commit to strengthen our competencies on a continuous basis.
• Build respect, credibility and strategic importance within our organization, the business community, and the communities in which we work.
• Assist the ABDA’s Board of Directors in achieving its objectives and goals.
• Inform and educate current and future partners, the organizations we serve, and the general public about our principles and practices.
• Encourage decision-making and responsibility.
• Encourage social responsibility.
• Adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior.
• Measure the effectiveness of our programs in contributing to or achieving the Association’s goals.
• Comply with the law.
• Strive to achieve the highest levels of service, performance and social responsibility.
• Advocate for the appropriate appreciation.
• Expand knowledge of our job duties which enables further understanding of how the ABDA functions.
• Contribute to the body of knowledge, and the growth of individuals through teaching, research and sharing of knowledge.
• Individual leadership as a role model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct.
• Be ethical; act ethically in every professional interaction.
• Promote and foster fairness and justice for everyone.
• Treat everyone with dignity, respect and compassion in an effort to foster a trusting work environment free of harassment, intimidation, and unlawful discrimination.
• Ensure everyone has the opportunity to develop their skills.
• Regardless of personal interests, support ethical and legal decisions made by the ABDA.
• Act in a responsible manner, and practice sound business practices in the areas where the organizations we partner with operate.
• Avoid activities that may be in conflict, or may appear to be in conflict, with any of the provisions of ABDA’s Code of Ethics or with one’s responsibilities and duties.
• Consider and protect the rights of individuals, especially in the acquisition and dissemination of information, while ensuring truthful communications and facilitating informed decision-making.
• Build trust among all organizations by maximizing the open exchange of information.
*This Code of Conduct is based on recommendations from Board Source