The St. Lucia Manufacturers Association adopts the following Code of Ethics to promote the highest ethical and moral standard of professional conduct in the Manufacturing Industry. Each member of the Association agrees to abide by this Code of Ethics. The Association intends that this Code of Ethics be interpreted and enforced reasonably, fairly, and objectively.
1. PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS
These Principles of Ethics are aspirational goals of professional conduct for all Association Members.All Members of the St. Lucia Manufacturers Association pledge to:
a. Adhere to a standard of excellence in manufacturing, blending, producing, packaging,promoting and marketing;
b. Maintain and service all accounts efficiently and professionally;
c. Monitor technological developments to assure availability of the highest quality product and the imposition of the stringent standards within the sector;
d. Provide opportunities for professional advancement of employees;
e. Impose strict quality controls through the manufacturing and marketing process;
f. Represent and market all products and services fairly and accurately;
g. Protect and enhance the environment and the health and safety of their employees,customers and consumers through the safe and responsible use and disposal of potentially hazardous substances; and
h. always be guided by spirit of justice, honor, and fairness within their communities and in all dealings with other members of the Association.
2. CODE OF ETHICS
We resolve to respect our colleagues, our clients, suppliers, competitors, and consumers ensuring the equitable and considerate treatment of others.
We resolve to promote healthy competition by abiding by:
The Laws of the Land
Rules of the Association
Following a fair price, fair competition policy
Displaying a high level of integrity and good moral conduct
We resolve to conduct our business in such a manner as to avoid controversies with fellow manufacturers whether or not they are members of the SMA.
We resolve that in the event of any disputes, involving members and/or non-members, to adhere to any decisions made by the Ethics Committee.
We shall not seek unfair advantage over our fellow manufacturer whether in cash or kind.
We shall not solicit the services of any employee in the organization of a fellow manufacturer without the knowledge of the employer.
We resolve to maintain the highest standards of Safety and Labour Relations applicable to our businesses.
We resolve that those who become privy to confidential information about a client in the course of business must preserve such confidentiality. Only such information about the affairs of a client as may ordinarily be public information or is required by law or authorized by the client should be divulged.
When a manufacturer is charged with unethical practice, he/she would be requested to place all the pertinent facts before the Ethics Committee for investigation and judgement.
We resolve to adhere to the highest standards of CONFIDENTIALITY on matters discussed at meetings and deliberations to the extent necessary or required to safeguard the good name of the Association.
3. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
The following procedures will apply to all matters involving the Code of Ethics of the St. Lucia Manufacturers Association. These procedures will be applied reasonably, fairly, and objectively and are intended to encourage voluntary corrective action.
A. Ethics Committee
Establishment - The Executive shall appoint an Ethics Committee to be comprised of at least five members. No more than two members of the Committee shall be present members of the Executive. One Executive member shall be appointed as Chairman by the President, with the approval of the Executive. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Committee and report on all activities of the Committee to the Executive.
As part of its investigation, the Committee may conduct an Administrative Hearing in order to solicit the views of the party/parties who may be affected by the alleged violation of the Rules of Ethics.
Representation on the Committee shall be balanced to the extent possible in terms of the size and nature of the products and services provided by the companies represented. Members of the Ethics Committee shall serve for two years. Vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by the President, with the approval of the Executive.
B Duties - The Ethics Committee shall:
Recommend amendments to the Code of Ethics of the Association as the Committee deems appropriate subject to the approval of the Executive for further approval of the General Membership.
Investigate each inquiry concerning the Principles of Ethics or a potential violation of the Code of Ethics and recommend appropriate action to the Executive.
C. Meetings of the Committee
Meetings of the Ethics Committee may be called by the Chairman upon ten (10) days written notice (including by electronic means) to the Committee members.
A quorum will consist of a majority of the appointed Committee members.
Voting is by a majority of those present at the meeting.
Conflict of Interest - Committee members have a duty to conduct themselves without conflicts of interest. No Committee member may participate in consideration of, or the decision in, any matter before the Committee which presents or may present a conflict between the member's obligations as a Committee member and the member's personal, business or other interest. All actual and potential conflicts of interest shall be disclosed by Committee members.
Confidentiality - To the extent necessary or required, the Ethics Committee's meetings and deliberations shall be conducted and records shall be maintained on a confidential basis. The committee shall consult with the Executive to ensure that the appropriate procedural and other safeguards are put in place to protect confidentiality.
Approved at General Membership meeting dated 24th October, 2013 as an Addendum to By Laws dated 14th June, 2014