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Senior Dining Association Code of Professional Conduct

The purpose of this Code of Professional Conduct (Code) is to identify the professional and ethical standards with which Senior Dining Association (SDA) members must comply.  Members are required to adhere to the high standards of conduct, practice and qualification set forth in this Code. Failure to do so may result in suspension of or termination of membership.

SDA members agree to the following under this Code as it relates to professional conduct:

Be accountable to the mission and values of SDA.  They are the ideals that outline our reason for being.

Act with integrity. Our reputation as a leader and partner in the senior dining industry is among our most valuable assets. It is up to all of us to ensure that we continually earn the trust put in us by acting honestly and ethically.

Be supportive. SDA is committed to a supportive and inclusive membership environment.   Membership will be offered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, ancestry, sex, age, pregnancy status, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying of any kind is prohibited.  The SDA will not tolerate any of these types of behaviors from members. This includes discrimination against other members of SDA, the people we serve and those we partner with as well as the general public. If you feel you have been bullied, discriminated against or harassed, you are encouraged to alert the SDA.

Members may not, without expressed consent from the SDA, act on behalf of the SDA.

Members shall not engage in a conflict of interest. If you are in a situation which might cause you to pursue a personal benefit for yourself, friends or family members due to your membership in the SDA, you may be faced with a conflict of interest.  Such conflicts should be avoided.

Members shall not act in an inappropriate manner while representing the SDA.  This includes verbal and written formats.  For example, foul language is not permitted if writing an article or blog post for the SDA. 

Members shall not engage in substance abuse that could adversely affect job performance or endanger those we serve or work with.

Members shall comply with SDA code of conduct and with laws and regulations governing the profession and industry.


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