AENC Supports and Aspires to Uphold the ASAE Standards of Conduct
More than 287 million people around the globe look to associations for their vision, their values and their effectiveness. With this role comes a great responsibility for associations to serve members and the public with integrity. To fulfill this responsibility, ASAE: the Center for Association Leadership’s membership of association professionals, consultants, and industry partners are committed to ethical standards that promote the goal of transforming society for the better. To join ASAE is to commit to work in accordance with its ethical standards and to encourage the development and implementation of the ethical standards within the industries and professions represented by its members. The Standards of Conduct embody aspirational ethical standards. The aspirational ethical standards describe the conduct that individuals strive to uphold as ASAE members. Although adherence to the aspirational ethical standards is not easily measured, conducting themselves in accordance with these ethical standards is an expectation that members have of themselves as professionals. Among the aspirational ethical concepts with these Standards of Conduct are those of respect, responsibility, fairness and honesty.
Respect is demonstrating a high regard for one’s self, others, and the resources entrusted to them. Those resources may include people, money, reputation, the safety of others, and natural or environmental resources. An environment of respect engenders trust, confidence, and performance excellence by fostering mutual cooperation – an environment where diverse perspectives and views are encouraged and valued.
Responsibility is taking ownership for the decisions one makes or fails to make, the actions one takes or fails to take, and the consequences that result.
Fairness is making decisions and acting impartially and objectively. A member’s conduct must be free from competing self-interest, prejudice, and favoritism.
Honesty is understanding the truth and acting in a truthful manner both in one’s communications and in one’s conduct.
Reprinted by permission of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
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