CODE of ETHICS for BOARD MEMBERS
Members of the Board of Directors of The Centre for Global Inclusion (The Centre) are committed to observing and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Members have a duty to perform their functions in good faith to the best of their abilities.
The Centre expects its Board members to:
- Faithfully abide by the Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, policies, mission, and values of The Centre.
- Faithfully exercise due care, loyalty, obedience to the law, and provision of oversight in organizational affairs.
- Fully disclose, at the earliest opportunity, any situation that may result in a perceived, potential, or actual conflict of interest that would have significance in board decision-making or prevent the Board from working effectively. Board members are expected to recuse themselves on any particular matter if the Chairperson of the Board deems a situation to be problematic.
- Remain accountable for prudent fiscal management, safeguard the reputation of The Centre, and serve as good stewards for Centre resources.
- Maintain a professional level of courtesy, civility, respect, truthfulness, promise keeping, and objectivity, avoiding all forms of discrimination.
- Be understanding and inclusive of the varied and diverse cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds of all Centre stakeholders.
- Exercise the powers invested for the good of all members of the organization rather than for personal benefit.
- Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information known due to board service.
- Promote collaboration, cooperation, and partnership among members, and recognize and honor the efforts and contributions of others.
- Serve as a role model for ethical conduct, whether discharging the duties as a leader serving on The Centre Board of Directors or engaging in private, personal, professional, or other outside undertakings.
(Adapted from: Source: National Council of Nonprofits Associations; reviewed by Joan Dubinsky).