Members’ Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

The Australasian Corrosion Association Inc (ACA) conducts its business according to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, respect and fairness when dealing with members and employees, and expects the same from its members. To this end, all members of the ACA are required to comply with the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (Code) set out hereunder, to ensure these standards are maintained at all times in relation to the ACA’s educational activities, to the proper regulation of all business practices and the promotion of the development and application of corrosion technology in the public interest. Members acting in accordance with this Code will have the full support of the Association.

Members’ Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

Association Interests

Members shall act so as to uphold and enhance the honour, integrity and dignity of the ACA.

Members acknowledge that this Code is to be adhered to both in spirit and to the letter, so that members’ conduct is governed by the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour.

Professional Conduct

All members shall at all times exercise the highest standards of professional conduct in the course of their involvement in ACA activities or in dealings with fellow ACA members.

Members shall not represent themselves to be competent in areas or corrosion where they have no or insufficient training or experience.

Members shall ensure that where they express opinions or make statements on corrosion related issues they do so in an objective and truthful manner and on the basis of adequate knowledge and experience.

Members shall not use any event or forum of the ACA as an avenue to denigrate or seek to harm the reputation or business prospects of other members; however this does not remove the moral obligation to expose unethical conduct where it may arise.

Members shall diligently and objectively apply their skill and knowledge in the interest of their employer or client.

Conflict of Interest

Members shall avoid, or declare and manage, any conflict between their commercial interests and the interests and activities of the ACA.

Members involved in an ACA activity shall disclose any relevant commercial interests or conflicts and shall, if deemed necessary by themselves or their peers, disqualify themselves from involvement in ACA matters where such conflicts exist. Legislative Compliance

ACA has a policy of strict compliance with all applicable laws and legislation.

No member should assume that the ACA’s interests ever require departure from this policy.

No officer of the ACA has authority to give any direction to any ACA member that would result in a violation of this policy.

Procedure for dealing with Complaints or Violations

The ACA has a procedure for dealing with complaints about Members in relation to this Code, under which complaints may be made in writing to the Australasian President, any Branch President, or the Chief Executive Officer.

Complaints shall be investigated by a committee of three formed under the auspicious of the ACA Council, consisting of the Australasian President, the relevant Branch President and the Chief Executive Officer. The complainant shall be advised in writing of the findings.

Serious violations of this Code shall be cause for suspension or termination of membership.