Code of Ethics
It is the goal of The Arc Carroll County to provide an example for other human service, non-profit organizations, by establishing a high standard of performance, professionalism, and ethical conduct. The Arc Carroll County intends to create an environment that fosters ethical conduct, where no employee will ever feel the need to compromise personal integrity to help achieve the mission of the agency.
The Arc Carroll County Code of Ethics sets forth values, ethical principles and ethical standards to which The Arc Carroll County staff aspire and by which their actions can be judged. The Arc Carroll County Code of Ethics cannot guarantee ethical behavior. Moreover, the code of ethics cannot resolve all ethical issues disputes, nor capture the richness and complexity involved in striving to make responsible choices within a moral community.
The Arc Carroll County Code of Ethics is relevant to all of The Arc Carroll County’s Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and consultants, regardless of their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the population they serve. While working under The Arc Carroll County’s Code of Ethics, the staff, volunteers and consultants must be conscientious, committed and honest in their work as well as in aspects of their private lives that are related to their respective jobs in the organization.
The Arc Carroll County pledges to set the standard for professional conduct by acting with integrity. We know that acting with integrity builds credibility, both within the organization and throughout the communities within which we operate. A reputation for integrity is a significant corporate asset. The Arc Carroll County Board of Directors and the executive staff are committed to making The Arc Carroll County the most valued Arc in our field. We will accomplish this by saying what we mean, doing what we say and making a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve.
The Arc Carroll County will be accountable to the public by demonstrating the highest standards of personal and corporate integrity, fairness, honesty and compliance with both the spirit and the letter of the law. The Arc Carroll County aims to set the standard for ethical conduct by subscribing to the established Codes of Ethics for social workers, certified rehabilitation counselors, certified public accountants, and other relevant professions. Beyond this, The Arc Carroll County endorses five basic principles:
Honesty – To be truthful in all our endeavors, to be honest and forthright with one another and with our consumers, referral sources, and community partners.
Respect – To treat one another with dignity and fairness, appreciating the diversity of our work force the uniqueness of each employee, and the confidentiality of each consumer.
Trust – To build confidence through teamwork and open, candid communication at all levels of the organization.
Citizenship – To obey the laws of the land, work to make our communities more productive, and act with pride and confidence as a representative of The Arc Carroll County.
Integrity – We promise to apply the standard of integrity to all we do as related to: our staff, The Arc Carroll County Board of Directors, volunteers, financial practices, marketing activities, consumer services, referral/funding source interests, and other stakeholders’ issues.