The Code of Conduct is based on the core values outlined in the Code of Ethics and Diversity Statement. This Code applies to all members, contractors and visitors engaged in any activity relating to MBO.
The objectives of the Code are to:
- Provide direction to members around expected conduct whilst at MBO or representing MBO; and
- Assist members in dealing with ethical issues in ways that reflect MBO’s values and standards.
The Code of Conduct does not, and cannot, cover every possible situation. You can, however, test yourself on whether your behaviour is ethical and appropriate by asking yourself five questions:
- Would I be happy to have what I am saying or doing be on the public record or appear on the front page of a newspaper?
- Does what I am saying or doing serve a purpose beyond self-interest?
- Would I like to be spoken to or treated in this way?
- How will taking this action reflect on my character, or the reputation of MBO?
What would MBO be like, if we all made decisions like this or behaved in this way?
Harassment and discrimination are against the core values of MBO’s Code of Ethics and unlawful according to State and Federal legislation. Harassment and discrimination of any form, such as sexism, racism or bullying has no place in our organisation. All forms of harassment and discrimination are serious issues that undermine morale and can adversely affect the ability of members to feel included in MBO. It needs to be recognised that these activities not only impact on the person the behaviour is directed at but also adversely affects those who witness such events.
Harassment and discrimination includes activities such as: sustained disruption of talks; inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo; stalking; and photography or recording a person without consent. It also includes offensive comments or jokes relating to issues including age, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, physical characteristics, political opinion, race, religion, or sexual preference.
Bullying includes situations where a member or members are harmed, intimidated, threatened, victimised, undermined, offended, degraded or humiliated, whether alone or in front of other members. Typical bullying behaviour includes verbal abuse, psychological harassment and/or intimidation.
Such behaviour is unacceptable and all complaints will be dealt with fairly and promptly. Written complaints are to be addressed to either the Secretary or President of MBO. People making the complaints are expected to be able to do so without the threat of retaliation, alienation or further humiliation.