The Pacific Seabird Group is developing a voluntary Code of Conduct for all members. Most non-profit organisations have a Code of Conduct (also called Code of Ethics or Code of Professional Conduct), and it is one of the policies that was recommended to PSG by an independent audit in 2012. In order to make this happen, an Ad Hoc Code of Conduct Committee was formed in 2015 at the San Jose, California, PSG Annual Meeting and, over a period of 18 months, the Committee created a draft Code of Conduct with input from the Executive Council, member’s suggestions, and advice from other organisations.
The Committee reviewed similar Codes from respected societies, organisations and government agencies in United States, Canada and Europe. A range of factors was considered including applicability across 16+ countries where members reside, diversity of member affiliations (e.g., students, academia, non-profit, government, consulting, retired), feasibility and practicality to implement and uphold. The Code elements and investigation approach were informed by examining other codes including American Ornithological Society and Society of Conservation Biology.
As is true for all PSG policies, the Code of Conduct will undergo review in the future and be revised, as needed.
2018 Draft Code of Conduct – click here!
2018 Member Survey! For summary – click here!
Updated: 13 January 2019