Code of Conduct
Purpose and Scope
This Code of Conduct was created to provide AST leadership guidance for proper ethical conduct. The AST leadership includes officers, board members, committee and COP chairs, co-chairs, and past chairs and other members serving in leadership roles on behalf of the AST, as well as AST staff employees and its contract support staff.
Everyone involved in the leadership of AST is committed to observing and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct in the performance of their responsibilities to the AST, and are required to certify that they have accepted this code as a minimum guideline for ethical conduct. Everyone in a leadership or support role in the AST shall:
Accountability and Fiduciary Responsibility
- Faithfully abide by the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policies of the AST.
- Exercise reasonable care, good faith, and due diligence in governing and managing affairs of the AST. (Principles of Duty of Care, Loyalty, and Obedience).
- Comply with the terms of the AST Conflict of Interest Policy statement.
- Remain accountable for prudent fiscal management to AST members, leadership, and to external organizations funding or conducting business with the AST.
- Refrain from taking positions as a representative of the AST on topics directly related to transplantation that depart from those officially supported by the AST without prior review by the AST Board. This includes personal advocacy efforts and/or signing on to public comments, petitions, position papers, or similar documents.
- Refrain from making public comments as a representative of the AST on matters (both inside and outside the field of transplantation) that may affect AST’s reputation and credibility without prior review with the AST Board. (See Media Contact Policy for additional details.)
Professional Excellence and Integrity
- Maintain a professional level of courtesy, respect, and objectivity in all AST-related matters and activities.
- Strive to uphold and assist other members in upholding the highest standards of conduct.
- Refrain from using AST resources (mailing lists, membership lists, email lists derived from AST maintained list, etc.) to advocate for a specific candidate, group of candidates, or category of candidates in any AST elections.
Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
- Support the right of all members to access benefits and services without discrimination based on culture, geography, politics, religion, disability, socio-economic considerations, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
- Support the right of all members to access benefits and services without discrimination based on the organization’s volunteer or staff make-up in respect to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, service in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
- AST does not tolerate unlawful harassment against employees, volunteers or any other covered person based of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, service in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
- This policy applies in the workplace and other business-related settings in which employees or volunteers may find themselves for work, such as business trips, business meetings and company-sponsored events.
Personal Gain and Self-Dealing
- Exercise the powers vested for the good of all members of the AST, rather than for personal benefit.
- Respect the confidentiality of the AST’s sensitive information known to board members, committee chairs, and any other member of AST leadership.
Collaboration and Cooperation
- Respect the diversity of opinions as expressed or acted upon by the organization’s board, committees, and membership, and formally register dissent as appropriate.
- Promote collaboration, cooperation, and partnership among association members.
Approved – 10/28/07
Revised – 5/1/15
Revised – 8/12/15
Revised – 8/10/16
Revised – 5/31/18 (BOD Approved)