Code of Conduct

As a Health and Safety Association, the First Nations Safety Council of BC has a duty to provide guidance to its members on standards of behaviour and ethical conduct. 

All members of the council are required to conduct themselves at all times in accordance with our Core Values of R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Members have an ethical responsibility to respect the integrity of their relationships with the Public, Government and Non-Government Agencies and other stakeholders, including Prospective Employers, Employees, Contractors and Clients, other First Nations Safety Council Members and the Society as well as other Health and Safety Associations.

This Code of Conduct represents the First Nations Safety Council’s commitment to high standards. It should be regarded as minimum expectations for performance and behaviour by both General and Associate members.

  1. Compliance with Laws

Members will conduct the council’s business in accordance with applicable legislation, including: British Columbia Societies Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, BC Human Rights Code. 

  1. Compliance with the Directives of the Organization

Members will comply with the directives and by-laws of the council, as they relate to their position. This includes conflict of interest and information management directives. 

  1. Conflict of Interest

Members must act in the best interests of the council and avoid situations where their personal interests or relationships interfere with acting in good faith on behalf of the council. 

Members may not engage in activities that are in conflict with the interests of the council, that may negatively impact the reputation of the council, or that interfere with council employees’ performance of the job. 

  1. Confidentiality

Members must maintain the highest standards of confidentiality regarding information obtained directly or indirectly through their involvement with the council. This includes information about volunteers, Board members, funders, donors, member organizations, partners, employees, contractors, and job applicants. Members must avoid inadvertent disclosure of confidential information through casual or public discussion, which may be overheard or misinterpreted. 

  1. Trust and Transparency

All members must be open and transparent in their communications when representing themselves to other members of the council, council staff and board of directors. No member can misrepresent their heritage, status or authority to act on behalf of any community or company for the purpose of obtaining membership and/or office within the council. 

  1. Use of materials and property

Materials and programs developed for the council are the property of the council and are not to be used in situations external to the organization without prior approval. 

  1. Drug and alcohol abuse

Members who attend meetings or represent the council while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be disciplined and may have their membership revoked. 

  1. Discrimination

Members are expected to comply with the BC Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Multiculturalism Act and not to discriminate by reason of race, religious belief, colour, gender, mental or physical disability, marital status, ancestry, age, place of origin, family status, source of income or sexual orientation. 

  1. Harassment

Harassment, interpreted as unwelcome conduct, comment, gesture, contact, or intimidating and offensive behaviour likely to cause offence or humiliation, will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary measures up to and including criminal charges.

 

A member who fails to comply with these directives shall be considered in violation of the agreement and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including loss of membership.