The International Code Council (ICC) is a nonprofit service organization owned and controlled by its member cities, counties and states. ICC, through its chartered chapters and membership is dedicated to public safety in the built environment worldwide by development and promotion of uniform codes and standards, enhancement of professionalism in code administration and facilitation of acceptance of innovative building products and systems.
The Southern Nevada Chapter, ICC (SN-ICC) is registered as a chapter of ICC and fully supports the international organization’s mission and purpose. SN-ICC functions as a nonstock, nonprofit, Nevada corporation embracing Governmental entities within Clark County, Nevada. The objective of the organization is primarily for educational purposes and is fully defined within its adopted by-laws.
This code of Ethics is the policy of the SN-ICC and expresses fundamental values. Accordingly, this Code guides the conduct of all Chapter members, and is intended to foster an environment that promotes ethical conduct in carrying out their responsibilities as volunteers within the organization.
- Respect and seek out the truth and avoid misrepresentation.
- Ensure fairness and objectivity in all activities.
- Set an example, as members of a leading nonprofit organization, for high standards of professionalism.
- Avoid the perception of wrongdoing and appearance of a conflict of interest.
SN-ICC promotes professional excellence and encourages open and honest communication among all members. Chapter members:
- Refuse to engage in or tolerate any fraud, misuse or abuse of Chapter resources.
- Encourage professional growth and self-improvement in themselves and fellow members.
- Exhibit respect for all persons they come into contact with.
- Comply with all laws and regulations affecting the organization and their personal obligations.
- Discuss any questions concerning interpretations or compliance with the code of ethics.
- Encourage the reporting of breaches of the Code and protect those who report.
Accountability and Efficiency
The Chapter has responsibilities to conduct its business in an efficient manner, ensuring honest, accountable methods. Chapter members shall:
- Spend Chapter money in accordance with membership vote making full and fair disclosures of all relevant information.
- Be good stewards of membership fees, grants, and other contributions that are utilized by the Chapter and refrain from allowing expenditures of funds that by their nature or amount do not advance the Chapter’s mission.
Responsibilities of SN-ICC Members
Members represent the Chapter and set examples through their ethical conduct and professionalism. Chapter members:
- Review the code of Ethics of the Southern Nevada Chapter, ICC and ensure that they adhere to the spirit of the Code when making policy or otherwise managing the affairs of the organization.
- Do not knowingly take any action or make any statement intended to influence the conduct of Chapter members in such a way as to confer any financial benefit on such volunteers, their immediate family members, or any organization in which they or their family members have a significant interest as members, directors or officers.
- In the event that there comes before the Chapter’s Board of Directors or an appointed committee a matter for consideration or decision that raises a potential conflict of interest for any member of the board or committee, the member shall disclose the potential conflict of interest as soon as he or she becomes aware of it, and shall refrain from voting in connection with the matter. The disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting; and annual disclosures of potential conflicts shall be filed with the board by each member.
Conflict of Interest
To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest which would undermine the public’s trust in the Chapter, members shall:
- Avoid any activity or outside interest which conflicts or appears to conflict with the best interest of the Chapter.
- Refrain from participating in or influencing any decision or other action of the Chapter with which the member is materially affiliated.
- Avoid acceptance of contributions from those regulated by this organization or its members.
No member should accept any gratuity or favor for performing Chapter functions or duties. Chapter members:
- Do not accept gratuities, gifts or favors, other than promotional gifts of a value not to exceed $25, for themselves or their families.
- Do not accept food, transportation, lodging, or entertainment unless directly related to Chapter business.
- Do not use Chapter resources for personal gain.
Travel, Accomodations and Related Expenses
Travel, accommodations and related expenses are incurred on a basis consistent with the mission of the Chapter. Accordingly, expenses incurred will comply with policies adopted by the Chapter or its Board of Directors.
The appearance of favoritism is easily perceived. Chapter members should not improperly influence the selection of consultants or service providers who are affiliated with, or employ or are employed by, a person with whom they have a relationship that adversely affects impartiality.
Fundraising for this Chapter shall be done in the following manner:
- Dues for membership.
- Registration fees for attendance or participation at an educational or business event.
- Sale of materials, products, advertisement or exhibitor space by the Chapter.
- Sale of services to enhance understanding of the codes.
- Applications for grants which do not create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Chapter members shall not solicit monies and sponsorships from any industry or product so regulated by individual Chapter members in the course of their normal employment duties. Any solicitation activity on behalf of the Chapter shall obtain prior approval of the Board of Directors. Chapter members shall not accept donations of cash or gifts or donations that benefit an individual. Donations of technical services in support of the Chapter’s business activities are acceptable.
Confidentiality is a hallmark of professionalism. Chapter members shall:
- Ensure that all information which is confidential or privileged or which is not publicly available is not disclosed inappropriately.
- Ensure that all non-public information of the other persons or firms acquired by members in dealing with outside firms on behalf of the Chapter is treated as confidential and not disclosed.
Chapter members are encouraged to disclose any perceived breaches of the Code of Ethics of which they are aware. Disclosure should be made to a member of the Ethics Committee or the Board of Directors.
- Any reported breaches will be investigated and appropriate action, if needed, will be taken. Confidentiality will be maintained for the member disclosing the breach, unless the matter raises serious legal implications. In such instances, the member disclosing the breach will be notified. The Chapter encourages all members to be prompt, open, and forthright in reporting perceived breaches of the Code of Ethics.
The Ethics Committee shall be elected as determined by the by-laws, for the purpose of developing a “Code of Ethics,” providing a hearing and review process and developing the “Rules of Procedure for Enforcement.”
- Chair, Co-chair and Secretary will serve at the discretion of the Committee members.
- The Committee will meet at least once annually to review the Code of Ethics and when necessary, propose to the Board of Directors any changes deemed necessary.
- The Chair or Co-chair will provide reports to the Chapter membership as necessary to keep membership up-to-date on critical issues.