Code of Ethics
This code of ethics is a set of principles or values that guide the actions of the association.
I. Personal and Professional Integrity
All staff, board members and volunteers of the association act with honesty, integrity and transparency in all interpersonal relationships and as representatives of the association. The association promises a work environment that values respect, courtesy, fairness, integrity and collaboration.
II. Support of Mission
The association has a clearly stated mission and purpose, approved by the Board of Directors and its members, with the aim of improving education in our alma mater. All of its projects support this mission and all those who work for or on behalf of the association understand and are faithful to this mission and objective. The mission responds to the constituency and communities served by the association and is of great value to society as a large.
III. Governance and Accountability
The association has an active board of directors that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction and for overseeing its finances, operations and policies. The Board of Directors:
- Exercises due diligence, good faith, loyalty in all affairs of the association;
- Has a policy that ensures that any real or apparent conflict of interest is avoided or appropriately managed for the protection and benefit of the association;
- Ensures that the association conducts all transactions and dealings with integrity and honesty;
- Ensures that the association promotes working relationships that are based on mutual respect, courtesy, fairness and openness with board members, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries of the program;
- Ensures that the association is fair and inclusive in promotional policies and practices for all board members, staff, advisors and volunteers, as appropriate;
- Ensures that the resources of the association are managed responsibly and prudently;
- Ensures that the association has the capacity to carry out its projects effectively.
IV. Legal Compliance
The association will comply with applicable laws, regulations and international conventions, if any.
- The association manages its funds responsibly and prudently. This includes the following considerations:
- It devotes a reasonable percentage of its annual budget to projects in pursuit of its mission;
- It allocates sufficient funds to administrative expenditure to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff where appropriate, and other expenditure essential for professional management and accounting;
- It compensates staff and any other person who may receive compensation, in a reasonable and appropriate manner, if the board deems it necessary and has voted to do so before implementing this provision.
- It has reasonable fund-raising costs, taking into account the variety of factors that affect such costs;
- It ensures that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the association;
- It ensures that financial reports are complete and accurate in all respects.
VI. Transparency and Disclosure
The association provides comprehensive information to its members, the public and all stakeholders and responds in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the association. Basic data on the association, such as form 990, reviews and compilations, and audited financial statements should be made available to members upon request. Thefinancial reports associated with the association’s projects and its program will be complete and accurate in all respects.
VII. Program Evaluation
The association regularly reviews the effectiveness of each project and has mechanisms in place to incorporate lessons learned into the projects. The association is committed to improving the effectiveness of projects and is developing mechanisms to promote learning about its activities in the field. The association is sensitive to changes in its field of activity and responds to the needs of its members and beneficiaries.
VIII. Inclusiveness and Diversity
The association’s policy is to promote inclusiveness and diversity among its members, board of directors and volunteers in order to enrich the effectiveness of its program.
The association will take significant steps to promote inclusion and diversity in the recruitment and retention of staff, their promotion, and the selection of members on the board of directors.
In raising funds from the public, the association will respect the rights of donors, as follows:
- To Inform them of the identity of those serving on the association’s board of directors, the mission of the association, how the resources will be used, the intention for which these funds were collected and its ability to effectively use the donations for the intended purposes;
- To provide them access to the most recent financial reports of the association;
- To assure them that their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and provide appropriate receipt for such;
- To assure them that information about their donations is treated with respect and confidentiality as provided by law;
- To expect all interactions with persons representing the association to be professional in nature;
- To give them the opportunity to remain anonymous;
- To entertain their questions and provide appropriate answers in a transparent manner within a reasonable period of time.