Ethics Policy

All Directors and Officers shall foster closer cooperation among members of the chapter and the beekeeping community

Mission: The mission of HCBA is to lead, serve and strengthen Henderson County (but not limited to) non profit associations supporting beekeeping and pollinators.  

Code of Ethics: Given its mission, the HCBA has adopted a code of ethics to guide its board members, officers, committee members and staff in their conduct when acting on behalf of the HCBA. The Code contains broad principles reflecting the types of behavior the HCBA expects towards constituents, donors, peers and the public. This policy is not intended as a stand-alone policy. It does not embody the totality of the HCBA ethical standards, nor does it answer every ethical question or issue that might arise. Rather, it is one element of a broader effort to create and maintain a quality organization that gives ethical conduct the highest priority. This Code will be reviewed periodically. Board members, officers, committee members and staff should:

  1. Listen to our stakeholders and make all reasonable efforts to satisfy their needs and concerns within the scope of our mission, and to strive for excellence and innovation and demonstrate professional respect and responsiveness to constituents, donors and others.
  2. Make an effort to understand, respect and support our constituents from other cultures, exemplified by the contributions of our staff and executive leadership, and to contribute to an organizational culture that respects the diverse, individual contributions of staff and leadership.
  3. Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information about the HCBA, its members, constituents, donors and board.
  4. Comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and fiduciary responsibilities in an effort to create transparency in all of our operations.
  5. For the board of directors and officers, provide credible and effective oversight to the organization’s work without personal bias.
  6. Not accept commissions, gifts, payments, loans, promises of future benefits or other items of value from anyone who has or may seek some benefit from the HCBA in return, other than occasional gifts of nominal value that are in keeping with good business ethics.
  7. Abide by the governing documents and policies of the HCBA.
  8. Be accountable for adhering to this Code of Ethics.
  9. Implement and follow a Conflict of Interest Policy.
  10. Act at all times in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in the best interest of the HCBA, its members, constituents, donors and reputation.
  11. Openly and honestly tell the truth.
  12. Honor our commitments and promises to the best of our abilities.
  13. Appropriately acknowledge contributions from other individuals and organizations who help facilitate our goals.
  14. Not be deceptive in our fundraising activities or in prospecting for new members to join the HCBA.
  15. Not lobby with the intent to influence individual candidates. Compliance, Monitoring and Reporting
  16. The HCBA Officers are responsible for communicating this Code of Ethics to all members of the board of directors, standing committee members, as well as staff volunteers and for ensuring its adherence at all times.


This form must be completed by all members of the board of directors, officers, standing committee members, and staff volunteers upon their joining the organization.

The undersigned, by their affixed signature, accept and agree to abide by the Code of Ethics policy.




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