Board Conduct for Directors

    The Board participates and deliberates with the following principles:

  • Board members are required to state conflict-of-interest positions and remove themselves from decision-making processes.
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  • Diversity of opinion is encouraged, expected, accepted and regarded as valuable.
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  • Board decisions (whether by consensus or majority vote) are collective positions and are not necessarily reflective of any individual board member’s position.
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  • Voting against or abstaining from a vote on a motion is a legitimate expression of dissent or uncertainty on an issue.
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  • Opinions presented to the public and media represent collective decisions reached by the board of directors.  Requests for this type of information should be made known to the President and Executive Directors.  A spokesperson should be the President (or his/her designate).
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  • Debate and disagreement is healthy and encouraged but after an open discussion and a democratic decision making process, all members of the board will accept and publicly support the collective decision that has been reached.
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  • A board member speaking individually or on “behalf” of the board, who is against a collective decision, will refrain from criticizing or speaking on that issue in any forum.
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  • Board members are to refrain from public criticism of the Organization whether as a personal opinion or on “behalf” of the board.
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  • Board members should resign from the board if they find that they cannot abide by the above-noted principles.
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  • The board of directors reserves the right to rescind a board member’s membership as a result of a continuous inability to abide with the above-noted principles and procedures.