COC Guidelines for Volunteers

Updated:Sep 4,2015

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, ITS AFFILIATES AND COMPONENTS, AND ALL OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, DELEGATES, COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS SCRUPULOUSLY SHALL AVOID ANY CONFLICT BETWEEN THEIR OWN RESPECTIVE PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL OR BUSINESS INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF THE ASSOCIATION, IN ANY AND ALL ACTIONS TAKEN BY THEM ON BEHALF OF THE ASSOCIATION IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CAPACITIES.

In the event that any Officer, Director, Delegate, Council or Committee member of the Association shall have any direct or indirect interest in, or rela tionship with, any individual or organization which proposes to enter into any transaction with the Association, including but not limited to transactions involving:

  1. the sale, purchase, lease or rental of any property or other asset;
  2. employment, or rendition of services, personal or otherwise;
  3. the award of any grant, contract, or subcontract;
  4. the investment or deposit of any funds of the Association;

such person shall give notice of such interest or relationship and shall thereafter refrain from discussing or voting on the particular transaction in which he has an interest, or otherwise attempting to exert any influence on the Association, or its components to affect a decision to participate or not participate in such transaction.

(Approved by AHA Board of Directors and Delegate Assembly, June 1986)

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Record of Abstention with Conflict of Interest Policy

As a member of the AHA or Affiliate Delegate Business Session, Board of Directors, Committee, Council, Task Force or Group, the following is a record of my disclosure of a direct or indirect conflict of interest and abstention from discussion and voting on the matter at this meeting.

CONFLICT:________________________________________

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(Name of board, council, committee or group)

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(Signature)

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(Date)

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(Print Name)

[Original to be filed with minutes of the meeting.]

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ETHICS POLICY

The purpose for this Ethics Policy is to support a culture of openness, trust, and integrity in all American Heart Association management and business practices. A well-understood ethics policy requires the participation and support of every AHA employee and volunteer.

At the American Heart Association we are dedicated to working with our employees, volunteers, partners, vendors and customers to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. We are committed to conducting all of the AHA’s affairs and activities with the highest standards of ethical conduct. Our AHA Code of Conduct, outlined in our Human Resource Policy Manual, provides guidance for decisions and actions during our daily work.

We are committed to the responsible use of AHA assets, to provide accurate, complete and objective information, to respect the confidentiality of financial and other information, to act in good faith and exercise due care in all we do, to comply with all rules and regulations and to proactively promote ethical behavior.

The American Heart Association’s Code of Ethics is built on AHA values. As such, we acknowledge our individual responsibility to ensure our collective success by practicing and promoting the following guiding values: Improving and Extending People’s Lives, Bringing Science to Life, Speaking with a Trustworthy Voice, Building Powerful Partnerships, Inspiring Passionate Commitment, Meeting People Where They Are, Making an Extraordinary Impact, and Ensuring Equitable Health for All.

Code of Ethics

The summary code of ethics includes the following provisions:

  • American Heart Association employees and volunteers must:
    • Proactively promote ethical behavior as a responsible partner among peers in the work environment.
    • Deal fairly with AHA Customers, suppliers, competitors, volunteers, and employees.
    • Provide constituents with information that is accurate, completely objective, relevant, timely, and understandable.
    • Comply with applicable government laws, rules and regulations.
    • Maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by the AHA or its Customers except when authorized or otherwise legally obligated to disclose.
    • Accept responsibility for preventing, detecting, and reporting all manner of fraud.
    • Be honest and ethical in their conduct, including ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
    • Protect and ensure the proper use of company assets.
    • Prohibit improper or fraudulent influence over the External Auditor.

A link to a copy of the entire American Heart Association Ethics Policy may be found at the bottom of the homepage at my.americanheart.org and the AHA Intranet.

Reporting Ethics Violations

If you have questions or concerns about compliance with the subjects described in this policy, or are unsure about what is the “right thing” to do, we strongly encourage you to first talk with your supervisor, another AHA leader or the leader in the Human Resource department. If you are uncomfortable talking to any of these individuals for any reason, call the AHA ethics hotline at (866) 293-2427, or log on to: www.ethicspoint.com to report your concerns. Your calls to the toll free hotline or contact through the Internet site are facilitated by a third party, Ethics Point, Inc. Reporting of ethics violations will be treated as confidential information and can be communicated anonymously. No director, trustee, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an action or suspected action taken by or within the AHA that is illegal, fraudulent, or in violation of any adopted policy will suffer intimidation, harassment, discrimination or other retaliation.

Revised 10/2013

Guiding Values

  • Improving and Extending People’s Lives
  • Bringing Science to Life
  • Speaking with a Trustworthy Voice
  • Building Powerful Partnerships
  • Inspiring Passionate Commitment
  • Meeting People Where They Are
  • Making an Extraordinary Impact
  • Ensuring Equitable Health for All

Inclusiveness Policy

Having an inclusive group of volunteers and staff is essential to achieving our mission. It's crucial that we continue to broaden our constituencies to become genuinely representative of the community.

We're working toward inclusiveness through...

  • appreciating the synergistic value of diversity.
  • attracting and fully involving all community segments.
  • identifying and collaborating with leadership that reflects community demographics.
  • developing and delivering programs that effectively reach diverse audiences.
  • championing biomedical research and research careers that address
  • cardiovascular diseases and stroke in underrepresented segments of the population.