Ethics

Code of Ethics

As a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through early childhood care, education and related services, Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) policy is to uphold the highest legal, ethical, and moral standards. Volunteers, parents, and donors support OCDC because they trust us to be good stewards of our resources and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires the careful observance of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.

OCDC expects its Directors, Officers, staff, and volunteers to conduct business in accordance with the letter and spirit of all relevant laws and OCDC policies. Individuals are to refrain from any illegal, dishonest, or unethical conduct; to act in a professional, businesslike manner; and to treat others with respect. Directors, Officers, and volunteers should not use their positions to obtain unreasonable or excessive services or expertise from OCDC staff.

The use of good judgment based on high ethical principles guides Directors, Officers, staff, and volunteers. However, if a situation arises where it is difficult to determine the proper course of conduct, or where questions arise concerning the propriety of certain conduct by an individual or others, the matter should be brought to the attention of OCDC. Employees are to follow the conflict resolution policy to resolve conflicts and work with their immediate supervisor and, if necessary, the Executive Director. Board members should raise any such concerns with the Chair and/or Executive Director.

In all questions involving ethics and conduct, the Board will make relevant determinations, except that any individual whose conduct is at issue will not participate in such decisions.