To provide leadership in promoting Minority Businesses and those termed, "small disadvantaged" businesses by federal and local agencies. To act as an advocate for those issues peculiar to the preservation and enhancement of Minority-owned businesses including African-American, Latino, Native-American, Asian, woman-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons and their contributions to the community as a whole, in addition to promoting and encouraging entrepreneurial development and through the coordination and leveraging of established public and private resources into a strategic network that will provide technical assistance, financial resources and business opportunities to disadvantaged-businesses.
Ethical conduct and responsibility is a primary concept for our operations. Before a business can enjoy the prestige of becoming a member of the Minority Chamber of Commerce, they must follow a code of ethics that will ensure our members are made up of the best, responsible, and most reliable businesses and organizations. Chamber Members, Leadership, Staff, and Members of the Board of Directors must adhere to the following Code of Ethics.
Businesses must adhere to the laws and regulations set forth by the governing bodies where they are located.
The Minority Chamber of Commerce believes in the system of free enterprise and a market economy which allows the freedom which free enterprise brings. The success of the Private Sector is very important to the overall result of the national economy. Small business is the heart of a nation’s economy. We believe that businesses must work toward a robust economic growth and therefore preserve the nation’s security.
As business-owners and members of the Minority Chamber of Commerce, we commit ourselves to the following duties:
1. The quality of product and service
(a.) To ensure that in designing and manufacturing products and in providing consumer services we take every precaution to protect the health and safety of consumers and avoid harmful side effects on the environment
(b.) To utilize advancing technology to produce goods that meet high standards of quality at a reasonable price.
(c.) To ensure that all products that are marketed have been subject to quality control.
The Minority Chamber of Commerce will conduct its business honestly and ethically in the global scope of operations. We will constantly improve the quality of our services, events, and operations and ensure our reputation for honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, integrity, trust and sound business judgment. No illegal or unethical conduct on the part of officers, directors, employees, members or affiliates is in the company’s best interest. Minority Chamber of Commerce will not compromise its principles for short-term advantage. The ethical performance of the organization is the sum of the ethics of the men and women who work here. Thus, we are all expected to adhere to high standards of personal integrity.
Officers, directors, and employees of the company must never permit their personal interests to conflict, or appear to conflict, with the interests of the company, its members, or affiliates. Officers, directors and employees must be particularly careful to avoid representing Minority Chamber of Commerce in any transaction with others with whom there is any outside business affiliation or relationship. Officers, directors, and employees shall avoid using their Chamber contacts to advance their private business or personal interests at the expense of the company, its clients or affiliates.
No bribes, kickbacks or other similar remuneration or consideration shall be given to any person or organization in order to attract or influence business activity. Officers, directors and employees shall avoid gifts, gratuities, fees, bonuses or excessive entertainment, in order to attract or influence business activity.
Officers, directors and employees of Minority Chamber of Commerce will often come into contact with, or have possession of, proprietary, confidential or business-sensitive information and must take appropriate steps to assure that such information is strictly safeguarded. This information – whether it is on behalf of our chamber or any of our members or affiliates – could include strategic business plans, operating results, marketing strategies, customer lists, personnel records, upcoming acquisitions and divestitures, new investments, and manufacturing costs, processes and methods. Proprietary, confidential and sensitive business information about this chamber, other organizations, members, individuals and entities should be treated with sensitivity and discretion and only be disseminated on a need-to-know basis.
Officers, directors and employees will seek to report all information accurately and honestly, and as otherwise required by applicable reporting requirements.
Officers, directors and employees will refrain from gathering competitor intelligence by illegitimate means and refrain from acting on knowledge which has been gathered in such a manner. The officers, directors and employees of Minority Chamber of Commerce will seek to avoid exaggerating or disparaging comparisons of the services and competence of their competitors.
Officers, directors and employees will obey all Equal Employment Opportunity laws and act with respect and responsibility towards others in all of their dealings.
Officers, directors and employees will remain personally balanced so that their personal life will not interfere with their ability to deliver quality products or services to the company and its clients.
Officers, directors and employees agree to disclose unethical, dishonest, fraudulent and illegal behavior, or the violation of company policies and procedures, directly to management.
Violation of this Code of Ethics can result in discipline, including possible termination. The degree of discipline relates in part to whether there was a voluntary disclosure of any ethical violation and whether or not the violator cooperated in any subsequent investigation.
Remember that good ethics is good business