Code of Ethics

Given its mission, Second Sense has adopted a code of ethics to guide its board members, committee members and staff in their conduct when acting on behalf of Second Sense.  The Code contains broad principles reflecting the types of behavior Second Sense expects towards constituents, employees, peers and the public.  The Code is intended to provide a framework for ethical decision-making, as no Code can provide specific guidance for all situations.  This policy is not intended as a stand-alone policy. It does not embody the totality of Second Sense’s ethical standards, nor does it answer every ethical question or issue that might arise.  Rather, it is one element of a broader effort to create and maintain a quality organization that gives ethical conduct the highest priority.  This Code will be reviewed periodically.

Board members, committee members and staff will:

  1. Exercise care, good faith and due diligence in organizational affairs.
  2. Strive for excellence and innovation and demonstrate professional respect and responsiveness to constituents and others.
  3. Contribute to an organizational culture that respects the diverse, individual contributions of staff and leadership.
  4. Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information about Second Sense, its clients, board, donors and employees.
  5. Comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and fiduciary responsibilities.
  6. For the board of directors, provide credible and effective oversight to the organization’s work.
  7. Abide by the governing documents and policies of Second Sense, including the Conflict of Interest and Reporting of Unethical or Illegal Conduct policies.
  8. Be accountable for adhering to this Code of Ethics.
  9. Act in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in the best interest of Second Sense, its constituents and reputation.

Compliance, Monitoring and Reporting

Second Sense management is responsible for communicating this Code of Ethics to all employees and volunteers and for ensuring its contents are understood and followed. Breaches of this Code should be reported in accordance with the following policy: Reporting of a Violation of Code of Ethics and Policies.