Code of Ethics Principles

The Boards of Directors of US Lacrosse chapters and other local lacrosse organizations and their committee leadership should provide guidance and direction for effective governance.

Members of the Boards of Directors of US Lacrosse chapters and local lacrosse organizations should be committed to observing and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct in the performance of their responsibilities on the board. The outline below should serve as a minimum guideline for ethical conduct of board members of US Lacrosse chapters and local lacrosse organizations.

Accountability

  1. Faithfully abide by the articles of incorporation, bylaws and policies of the organization.
  2. Exercise reasonable care, good faith and due diligence in governing and managing affairs. (Principles of Duty of Care, Loyalty and Obedience.)
  3. Fully disclose, at the earliest opportunity, in formation that may result in a perceived for actual conflict of interest.
  4. Fully disclose, at the earliest opportunity, information of fact that would have significance in board decision-making.
  5. Remain accountable for prudent fiscal management to association members, the board, and nonprofit sector, and where applicable, to government and funding bodies.
    • Maintain a professional level of courtesy, respect, and objectivity in all matters and activities.
    • Strive to uphold those practices and assist other members of the board in upholding the highest standards of conduct.

Personal Gain – Self-Dealing

  1. Exercise the powers invested for the good of all members of the organization rather than for personal benefit.

Equal Opportunity – Diversity/Inclusivity

  1. Ensure the right of all members to access benefits and services without discrimination on the basis of culture, geography, political, religious, or socio-economic aspects.
  2. Ensure the right of all members to access benefits and services without discrimination on the basis of the organization’s volunteer or staff make-up in respect to gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, age, political affiliation or disability, in accordance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Confidential Information

  1. Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information known to board service and used for the purposes of governance and management.

Collaboration and Cooperation

  1. Respect the diversity of opinions as expressed or acted upon by the organization board, committees and membership, and formally register dissent as appropriate.
  2. Promote collaboration, cooperation, and partnership among association members.