Code of Ethics: Employees

Purpose

The American Printing House for the Blind recognizes the value of the ethical principles that guide our work and the importance of making them known to our employees, our business associates, our vendors, and to the general public. This Code of Ethics states the values to which we are committed and embodies our ethical responsibilities.

Responsibilities

The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations. Employees are required to display the highest standards of conduct in all their business contacts and relationships.

  1. Staff members shall behave in a trustworthy manner.
  2. Staff members shall respect the inherent dignity and worth of others.
  3. Staff members shall recognize the central importance of human relationships.
  4. Staff members should be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of their duties.
  5. Staff members should not take unfair advantage of any business relationship or exploit others to further their personal, religious, political, or business interests.
  6. Staff members should not disclose confidential information.
  7. Staff members should not sexually harass others.
  8. Staff members should not use derogatory language in their written or oral communications.
  9. Staff members should treat all fellow employees with respect.
  10. Staff members should not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, or mental or physical disability.
  11. Staff members should not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception.

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