As as Association Management Company we are often faced with professional dilemmas where there are no simple answers or solutions.
As association executives, we are committed to always doing the right thing, even when “doing the right thing” might sometimes seem counter-intuitive to running a for-profit business – i.e. turning down freebies from a supplier. But that’s just the way we roll. High ethical principles are one of the pillars on which our company has been built.
One of our roles is to help our client associations understand what to do if a conflict of interest situation arises or make recommendations for a policy that will enable them to stick handle a difficult situation in the future. We see ourselves of stewards of the organization’s reputation and we want to make sure that clients avoid perceived or real conflicts.
According to the Institute for Global Ethics there are five values that are accepted by people around the world. They are:
We face challenges every day in our work through interactions with members, volunteers, suppliers and competitors. By viewing every dilemma through the lens of “doing the right thing” we can feel good about our company, our people and the great service we offer to our clients.
Essentient Association Management subscribes to professional codes of conduct promoted by the professional associations to which we belong including:
Canadian Society of Association Executives – Code of Conduct
AMC Institute – Code of Ethics
American Society of Association Executives – Standards of Conduct
And we think that doing the right thing is a good thing.