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Code of Ethics

ARTICLE 9. ETHICS
9.01 CODE OF ETHICS

THE COLLEGE OF ALBERTA PROFESSIONAL FOREST TECHNOLOGISTS CODE OF ETHICS IS A SET OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES THROUGH WHICH EACH MEMBER STRIVES TO RAISE THE STANDARDS OF THEMSELVES AND OTHER COLLEGE MEMBERS THEREBY IMPROVING THE COMPETENCY, DIGNITY AND PRESTIGE OF THE PRACTICE OF FORESTRY. MEMBERS RECOGNIZE THAT THEY HAVE DUTIES TO EACH OTHER, THE PUBLIC, THEIR EMPLOYER/CLIENT AND THEMSELVES AND THAT IN CARRYING OUT THOSE DUTIES THEIR WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE SPIRIT OF INTEGRITY, COURTESY, HONESTY, FAIRNESS AND GOOD FAITH.

A. DUTIES OF COLLEGE MEMBERS

COLLEGE MEMBERS SHALL: (RESOLUTION 02-01)

I. IN ALL ASPECTS OF THEIR WORK, REGARD AS THEIR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY THE MAINTENANCE OF THE INTEGRITY OF THE FOREST RESOURCE AND PERPETUATE ITS PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY AND VALUES TO SOCIETY;

II. PERFORM THEIR WORK IN A SPIRIT OF INTEGRITY AND COURTESY, AND CONDUCT THEMSELVES TOWARDS OTHERS AND COLLEGE MEMBERS WITH HONESTY, FAIRNESS, AND GOOD FAITH; (RESOLUTION 02-01)

III. UNDERTAKE ONLY WORK THAT THEY ARE COMPETENT TO PERFORM BY VIRTUE OF THEIR TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE;

IV. SHARE THE LESSONS OF THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH OTHER COLLEGE MEMBERS; (RESOLUTION 02-01)

V. MAKE A PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO A PROCESS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION TO KEEP CURRENT IN THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES;

VI. MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC, THEIR EMPLOYER, THEIR CLIENTS, THE COLLEGE, AND THE PRACTICE OF FORESTRY. (RESOLUTION 02-01)

B. DUTIES TO THE PUBLIC

COLLEGE MEMBERS SHALL; (RESOLUTION 02-01)

I. HAVE PROPER REGARD IN ALL THEIR WORK FOR THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE PUBLIC;

II. PROMOTE OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF MATTERS RELATED TO THE PRACTICE OF FORESTRY;

III. SIGN ONLY THOSE DOCUMENTS, PLANS, REPORTS, MAPS AND SPECIFICATIONS, PREPARED PERSONALLY OR PRODUCED UNDER THEIR DIRECTION, SUPERVISION OR REVIEW;

IV. GIVE CONSIDERATION AND/OR RECOGNITION FOR ASSISTANCE, METHODS, FACTS OR OPINIONS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLIC AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS;

V. BE PREPARED TO EXPRESS OPINIONS ON FORESTRY MATTERS ONLY ON THE BASIS OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, EXPERIENCE, AND HONEST CONVICTION, AND REFUTE UNTRUE, BIASED OR EXAGGERATED STATEMENTS.

C. DUTIES TO AN EMPLOYER OR CLIENT

COLLEGE MEMBERS SHALL: (RESOLUTION 02-01)

I. ACT FOR THEIR EMPLOYER OR CLIENT IN A CONSCIENTIOUS, DILIGENT, AND EFFICIENT MANNER;

II. PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF EACH EMPLOYER OR CLIENT AND NOT DISCLOSE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE EMPLOYER OR CLIENT, OR EXCEPT AS REQUIRED TO DO SO BY LAW;

III. NOT UNDERTAKE ANY ASSIGNMENT WHICH MAY CREATE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH THEIR EMPLOYER OR CLIENT WITHOUT THE FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE EMPLOYER OR CLIENT;

IV. ADVISE THEIR EMPLOYER OR CLIENT OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY CONTEMPLATED COURSE OF ACTION WHICH, IN THEIR OPINION, IS NOT BASED ON SOUND FORESTRY PRACTICES.