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Best Practices to Maintain an Enforceable Code of Conduct

Here’s an overview of key issues to consider

Last year, ASAE added diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) components to its standards of conduct. ASAE promotes these standards of conduct because more than 287 million people around the globe look to associations for their vision, values and effectiveness.

However, apart from the individuals who have earned a CAE, the ASAE Standards of Conduct remain primarily aspirational. While the conduct is desired, it is not required for membership. But ethical conduct is mandatory and enforceable for those with a CAE credential since a code of conduct is critical to the credential and required under third-party accreditation standards.

Many associations adopt an aspirational code of conduct or ethics because they allow for more flexibility and freedom in their administration. However, other associations find enforceable codes of conduct are necessary to protect the public and the reputation of the profession, particularly in industries like healthcare or finance where professional conduct can affect public safety and well-being.

Please select this link to read the complete article from ASAE’s Center for Association Leadership.

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