Pledge of ethical conduct

Filed Under: About AIGA , governance

AIGA seeks to perform according to the highest possible standards for accountability and transparency. The following practices bring AIGA in line with requirements normally associated with corporate governance under the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.

The executive committee will serve concurrently as a finance committee and an audit committee. Our independent auditor will report to the audit committee chair, who is also an officer, the secretary-treasurer.

The audit committee is responsible for appointing, compensating and overseeing the work of the external auditors.

The audit committee will require an assessment of the effectiveness of internal controls and procedures for financial reporting.

The chief executive officer will certify the financial statements as complete, accurate and fairly represented. He will also affirm that the officers have made required disclosures to the company’s auditors and the audit committee about fraud and significant deficiencies in internal controls.

All directors are asked to read this statement on ethical practices and are required to sign a statement acknowledging that they have read and understand AIGA policies.

Statement of ethical conduct

AIGA Directors  (i.e., members of the AIGA Board of Directors) have special responsibilities for the stewardship of AIGA funds, property and interests.

By acceptance of election to the AIGA board, each director acknowledges these responsibilities and agrees to regulate his or her personal conduct in a manner that assures AIGA, its members and his or her AIGA colleagues of loyalty to these responsibilities and uncompromised integrity in their discharge.

Each AIGA director has a continuing obligation to protect and conserve all AIGA money, property and other resources, expending them in the best interests of AIGA strictly in accordance with policies adopted by the Board of Directors and authority and guidelines established by AIGA. Except by virtue of good reputation derived from service to AIGA, no AIGA director shall seek to use his or her relationship to AIGA for his or her personal benefit or professional advancement.

No AIGA director shall solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, anything of substantial monetary value (including any gift, gratuity, favor, loan or other consideration) from any person, corporation, chapter, or other entity that has, or is seeking, a contractual, employment, financial or other beneficial relationship with AIGA, which relationship may be substantially affected by that director’s performance of his or her duties to AIGA.

Each AIGA officer shall avoid any conduct that might result in the loss of public confidence in the responsible performance of AIGA functions, the impairment of AIGA efficiency or economy or might reasonably give the appearance of:

  • The extension of preferential treatment to any person, group, organization or other entity
  • The compromise or loss of complete impartiality of judgment and action
  • The making or implementation of an AIGA decision outside of standard AIGA policies and guidelines

No AIGA director shall make use of, or permit others to make use of, any information obtained as a result of his or her relationship with AIGA, which information is not generally available to the public, whether for direct personal gain or for advice to others with whom he or she has family, business, financial or professional ties.

No AIGA director may engage, directly or indirectly, in financial, business, trade or professional transactions as a result of, or in primary reliance upon, information obtained through his or her employment, or the discharge of his or her AIGA responsibilities.

AIGA is effective only as long as it maintains the design community’s trust. All directors are required to perform in a manner that is consistent with these principles. Failure to do so may, in the interest of AIGA, be grounds for a request for resignation from the board.

I have read the AIGA statement of ethical contact and agree to abide by its provisions and have reported any necessary exceptions below.

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