Given its mission, The Chicago Farmers has adopted a code of ethics to guide its officers, directors, members, volunteers and staff in their conduct when acting on behalf of The Chicago Farmers. The Code contains broad principles reflecting the types of behavior The Chicago Farmers expects towards constituents, employees, peers and the public. The Code is intended to provide a framework for ethical decision-making, as no Code can provide specific guidance for all situations. This policy is not intended as a stand-alone policy. It does not embody the totality of The Chicago Farmers' ethical standards, nor does it answer every ethical question or issues that might arise. Rather, it is one element of a broader effort to create and maintain a quality organization that give ethical conduct the highest priority. This Code will be reviewed periodically: 

    Board members, volunteers and staff will:

    1. Exercise care, good faith and due diligence in organizational affairs.
    2. Strive for excellence and demonstrate professional respect and responsiveness to constituents and others.
    3. Contribute to an organizational culture that respects the diverse, individual contributions of staff and leadership.
    4. Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information about The Chicago Farmers, its constituents, board and employees.
    5. Comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and fiduciary responsibilities. 
    6. For the board of directors, provide credible and effective oversight to the organization's work.
    7. Abide by the governing documents and policies of The Chicago Farmers, including the following Conflict of Interest and Whistleblower Protection policies. 
    8. Be accountable for adhering to this Code of Ethics.
    9. Act at all times in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in the best interest of The Chicago Farmers, its constituents and reputation.


    The Chicago Farmers Board of Directors is responsible for communicating the Code of Ethics to employees and volunteers and for ensuring its contents are understood and followed. Breaches of this Code should be reported to the President or another officer of the organization.