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Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct (the “Code”) sets out the standards of personal behavior and conduct required of directors of co-operative. A co-operative’s governing document should refer to this Code, confirm its approval by its board and require its board to adopt it and to enforce compliance with it. Every existing director of a co-operative must sign an acknowledgement accepting his or her obligation to comply with this Code in its entirety. Candidates seeking election as a director will be asked to confirm that they have read and understood it, and, if elected, must sign a similar acknowledgement confirming their obligation to comply with it.

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Example Code of Conduct for Directors

This Code of Conduct (the “Code”) sets out the standards of personal behavior and conduct required of directors of co-operative. A co-operative’s governing document should refer to this Code, confirm its approval by its board and require its board to adopt it and to enforce compliance with it.

Code of Conduct Rules of Engagement

While Directors of the Board of Directors have an obligation to uphold the organization's governing documents (bylaws, articles of incorporation, policies), many organizations have supplemented those documents by establishing a code of conduct for board members. The code of conduct guides a director in areas such as communications, linkage to staff, and taking positions.

Conflict of Interest Acknowledgement and Disclosure Statement

I acknowledge that I have received a copy of the conflict of interest policy ("Policy") of the National Association of Parliamentarians (“Association”), and that I have read, understand and agree to comply with the policy. I also understand the association is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption, it must engage primarily in activities that accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes. If at any time following submission of this form, I become aware of any actual or potential conflicts of interest, or if the information provided below becomes inaccurate or incomplete, I will promptly notify the association executive director in writing.

The First Bite: Conflict of Interest

Disclosure of conflicts should not be considered interference or a burden on the board. It's a simple process to do a brief orientation with the board, ensuring they have access to the documents they need for governance. Included in the process would be discussion of the code of conduct.

Code of Conduct Rules of Engagement

While Directors of the Board of Directors have an obligation to uphold the organization's governing documents (bylaws, articles of incorporation, policies), many organizations have supplemented those documents by establishing a code of conduct for board members. The code of conduct guides a director in areas such as communications, linkage to staff, and taking positions.

Cooperatives Code of Conduct

Co-operantics mission: To improve cooperative skills* in cooperatives. To promote and develop cooperative skills throughout all sectors of the economy and sections of society. 1 page chart

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