Code of Ethics

PREAMBLE

A major characteristic of a professional body like the CPS is that its members continually strive to improve the quality of life of the community it serves. Individuals deciding to affiliate themselves with the CPS assume the responsibility of conducting themselves in accordance to the ideals and standards set forth by the organization. The CPS membership, therefore, strives to uphold the Bylaws in a manner approved by the Code of Ethics.

ARTICLE I

A member of the CPS, in fulfilling his/her professional obligations, shall:

  1. Uphold the mission and vision of the CPS as defined in the manifesto, articles of incorporation, 501(c) 3 registration, bylaws, and other legal documents which express the purpose of the organization. Such consistency is to be applied in matters concerning partnership dealings, project selections, membership admissions, persons served and regulatory correspondence. All exceptions must be approved by legal council.
  2. Seek to extend public awareness of the CPS and its achievements.
  3. Be true in writing, reporting and duplicating information and give proper credit to the contributions of others.
  4. Encourage integrity by avoiding involvement or condoning activities that may degrade the CPS, its members or any affiliate agency.
  5. Perform dutifully the responsibilities of professional membership and of any offices or assignments to which appointed or elected.
  6. Encourage cooperation with other professional associations, educational institutions and agencies.
  7. Practice nondiscrimination on the basis of diversity related to age, disability, gender, tribe, linguistic affiliation, religion, and sexual orientation.
  8. The CPS member must not engage in any professional conduct involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud or commit any act that reflects adversely on the reputation, integrity or competency of their professions.

ARTICLE II

The CPS member in relations with colleagues and partners shall:

  1. Promote and implement the concept of equal opportunity and fairness in the administration of various programs.
  2. Refrain from exploiting individuals, institutions or agencies for personal or professional gain.
  3. Secure the trust of others by maintaining, in confidence, privileged information until properly released.
  4. Support the contributions of fellow colleagues by properly crediting their achievements.
  5. Assist and encourage the education of other members in the area of professional development.
  6. CPS members must not accept personal gifts, benefits or compensation on behalf of the organization. Such gifts must be directed to responsible personnel at the CPS.

ARTICLE III

The CPS member in relation to public communication shall:

  1. Take steps to ensure the accuracy of all public communications. These include, but are not limited to, directory listings; personal resume or curriculum vitae; brochures or printed matter; interviews or comments to the media; lectures and public presentations; or other published materials.
  2. Not make statements that are false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent, either because of what they state or omit