Introducing The Five Ethical “Points” of STAR
We assume that professionals are going to operate in an ethical manner, but many industries have codes of ethics in place to ensure everyone knows what isn’t appropriate behavior. With that thought in mind, we have created the following STAR Code of Ethics:
As a STAR member, I will:
- Behave with integrity and high ethical standards professionally and personally.
- Honor the mission of STAR and act with respect toward members, guests, and leaders while respecting their time and privacy.
- Communicate at Table Time within the allocated timeframes.
- Reply in a timely manner to all collaborative outreach requests from current and prospective STAR members.
- Participate in a meaningful way in my profession’s educational community and in my community.
We believe having this formal code of ethics in place will help address behaviors such as:
- Discrediting other STAR members.
- “Over-the-top” self-promotion including unsolicited marketing communication.
- Table Time domination.
- Neglecting STAR member outreach.
- Non-collaborative behavior.
- Discrediting member professions or any profession as a whole.
Given STAR members’ status as seasoned professionals, we will operate on the honor system, which includes self-policing the type of behaviors noted above. In extreme cases, the Board of Directors may choose to get involved. We don’t want anyone to consider the STAR Code of Ethics as a punitive measure, but as a means to support the ethical behavior we expect of ourselves and our fellow members.