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AGI Code of Ethics

AGI believes in the importance of ethical behavior in the field of Authentic Governance (AG). That’s why we provide resources to help you consider your situation and to use your best ethical judgment. As practitioners of authentic governance, we are committed to doing what is right and honorable continuously. We set high standards for ourselves and we aspire to meet these standards in all aspects of our lives—at work, at home, and in service to our profession. This AGI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct describes the expectations that we have of ourselves and our fellow practitioners in the global authentic governance community. It articulates the behaviors that are mandatory in our professional roles. The purpose of this Code is to instill confidence in the authentic governance profession, by establishing a profession-wide understanding of appropriate behavior. We believe that the credibility and reputation of the authentic governance profession is shaped by the collective conduct of individual AGI practitioners.

CHAPTER 1. APPLICABILITY


1.1 Persons to Whom the Code Applies


The AGI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct applies to all AGI members

1.2 Structure of the Code


The AGI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is divided into sections that contain standards of conduct which are aligned with the values that were identified as most important to the AG community.

1.3 Values that Support this Code


Practitioners from the AG community were asked to identify the values that formed the basis of their decision making and guided their actions. The values that the AGI community defined as most important were: responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty. This AGI Code affirms these four values as its foundation.

1.4 Aspirational and Mandatory Conduct


Each section of the AGI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct includes both aspirational standards and mandatory standards. The aspirational standards describe the conduct that we strive to uphold as practitioners. Although adherence to the aspirational standards is not easily measured, conducting ourselves in accordance with these is an expectation that we have of ourselves as professionals—it is not optional. The mandatory standards establish firm requirements, and in some cases, limit or prohibit practitioner behavior. Practitioners who do not conduct themselves in accordance with these standards will be subject to disciplinary procedures before AGI’s Ethics Review Committee.

CHAPTER 2. RESPONSIBILITY

2.1 Description of Responsibility


Responsibility is our duty to take ownership for the decisions we make or fail to make, the actions we take or fail to take, and the consequences that result.

2.2 Responsibility: Aspirational Standards


As AG practitioners in the global AG community:

  • 2.2.1 We make decisions and take actions based on the best interests of society, public safety, and the environment.

  • 2.2.2 We accept only those assignments that are consistent with our background, experience, skills, and qualifications.

  • 2.2.3 We fulfill the commitments that we undertake – we do what we say we will do.

  • 2.2.4 When we make errors or omissions, we take ownership and make corrections promptly. When we discover errors or omissions caused by others, we communicate them to the appropriate body as soon they are discovered. We accept accountability for any issues resulting from our errors or omissions and any resulting consequences.

  • 2.2.5 We protect proprietary or confidential information that has been entrusted to us.

  • 2.2.6 We uphold this AGI Code and hold each other accountable to it


2.3 Responsibility: Mandatory Standards


As practitioners in the global AG community, we require the following of ourselves and our fellow practitioners:

  • 2.3.1 We inform ourselves and uphold the policies, rules, regulations and laws that govern our work, professional, and volunteer activities.

  • 2.3.2 We report unethical or illegal conduct to appropriate management and, if necessary, to those affected by the conduct.

  • 2.3.3 We bring violations of this AGI Code to the attention of the appropriate body for resolution.

  • 2.3.4 We only file ethics complaints when they are substantiated by facts.

  • 2.3.5 We pursue disciplinary action against an individual who retaliates against a person raising ethics concerns.

  • 2.2.6 We uphold this AGI Code and hold each other accountable to it.


CHAPTER 3. RESPECT

3.1 Description of Respect


Respect is our duty to show a high regard for ourselves, others, and the resources entrusted to us. Resources entrusted to us may include people, money, reputation, the safety of others, and natural or environmental resources. An environment of respect engenders trust, confidence, and performance excellence by fostering mutual cooperation—an environment where diverse perspectives and views are encouraged and valued.

3.2 Respect: Aspirational Standards


As AGI practitioners in the global AG community:

  • 3.2.1 We inform ourselves about the norms and customs of others and avoid engaging in behaviors they might consider disrespectful.

  • 3.2.2 We listen to others’ points of view, seeking to understand them.

  • 3.2.3 We approach directly those persons with whom we have a conflict or disagreement.

  • 3.2.4 We conduct ourselves in a professional manner, even when it is not reciprocated.


3.3 Respect: Mandatory Standards


As AG practitioners in the global AG community, we require the following of ourselves and our fellow practitioners:

  • 3.3.1 We negotiate in good faith.

  • 3.3.2 We do not exercise the power of our expertise or position to influence the decisions or actions of others in order to benefit personally at their expense.

  • 3.3.3 We do not act in an abusive manner toward others.

  • 3.3.4 We respect the property rights of others.


CHAPTER 4. FAIRNESS

4.1 Description of Fairness


Fairness is our duty to make decisions and act impartially and objectively. Our conduct must be free from competing self interest, prejudice, and favoritism.

4.2 Fairness: Aspirational Standards


As AG practitioners in the global AG community:

  • 4.2.1 We demonstrate transparency in our decision-making process.

  • 4.2.2 We constantly reexamine our impartiality and objectivity, taking corrective action as appropriate.

  • 4.2.3 We provide equal access to information to those who are authorized to have that information.

  • 4.2.4 We make opportunities equally available to qualified candidates.


4.3 Fairness: Mandatory Standards


As practitioners in the global AG community, we require the following of ourselves and our fellow practitioners:

  • 4.3.1 We proactively and fully disclose any real or potential conflicts of interest to the appropriate stakeholders.

  • 4.3.2 When we realize that we have a real or potential conflict of interest, we refrain from engaging in the decision-making process or otherwise attempting to influence outcomes, unless or until: we have made full disclosure to the affected stakeholders; we have an approved mitigation plan; and we have obtained the consent of the stakeholders to proceed.

  • 4.3.3 We do not hire or fire, reward or punish, or award or deny contracts based on personal considerations, including but not limited to, favoritism, nepotism, or bribery.

  • 4.3.4 We do not discriminate against others based on, but not limited to, gender, race, age, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.

  • 4.3.5 We apply the rules of the organization (employer, AGI, or other group) without favoritism or prejudice.


CHAPTER 5. HONESTY

5.1 Description of Honesty


Honesty is our duty to understand the truth and act in a truthful manner both in our communications and in our conduct.

5.2 Honesty: Aspirational Standards


As AG practitioners in the global AG community:

  • 5.2.1 We earnestly seek to understand the truth.

  • 5.2.2 We are truthful in our communications and in our conduct.

  • 5.2.3 We provide accurate information in a timely manner.

  • 5.2.4 We make commitments and promises, implied or explicit, in good faith.

  • 5.2.5 We strive to create an environment in which others feel safe to tell the truth.


5.3 Honesty: Mandatory Standards


As AG practitioners in the global AG community, we require the following of ourselves and our fellow practitioners:

  • 5.3.1 We do not engage in or condone behavior that is designed to deceive others, including but not limited to, making misleading or false statements, stating half-truths, providing information out of context or withholding information that, if known, would render our statements as misleading or incomplete.

  • 5.3.2 We do not engage in dishonest behavior with the intention of personal gain or at the expense of another.


Glossary


Abusive Manner: Conduct that results in physical harm or creates intense feelings of fear, humiliation, manipulation, or exploitation in another person.

Conflict of Interest:A situation that arises when an AG practitioner is faced with making a decision or doing some act that will benefit the AG practitioner or another person or organization to which the practitioner owes a duty of loyalty and at the same time will harm another person or organization to which the AG practitioner owes a similar duty of loyalty. The only way practitioners can resolve conflicting duties is to disclose the conflict to those affected and allow them to make the decision about how the practitioner should proceed.

Duty of Loyalty:A person’s responsibility, legal or moral, to promote the best interest of an organization or other person with whom they are affiliated.

AGI:The totality of the Authentic Governance Institute, including its committees, groups, and chartered components such as chapters, colleges, and specific interest groups.

AGI Member:A person who has joined the Authentic Governance Institute as a member.

AGI-Sponsored Activities: Activities that include, but are not limited to, participation on a AGI Member Advisory Group, AGI standard development team, or another AGI working group or committee.

AGI Practitioner:A person engaged in an activity that contributes to the management of a project, portfolio, or program, as part of the AG profession.

AGI Volunteer:A person who participates in AGI-sponsored.