Code of Ethics
Board of Directors and Officers of the Kangal Dog Club of America
Service on the Board of Directors of a national organization is an important honor and responsibility. Much is expected of officers and the governing Board of the Kangal Dog Club of America (KDCA). The membership of the KDCA relies on its officers and Board to act in its best interests, to be knowledgeable about and proactive on the issues facing the Kangal Dog breed, to study the questions before it and to base decisions on reliable information, to be a good steward of the resources of the organization, and to be honest and trustworthy in all actions.
To assure the trust and ethical expectations of the members of the KDCA,
I affirm the following:
Duty of Care
In all matters affecting the Kangal Dog Club of America, I will act in good faith and exercise my best efforts in the performance of my duties.
I will faithfully prepare for discussions and decisions that affect the KDCA by the KDCA officers and by striving to be knowledgeable on issues of importance to the KDCA and its members.
I will be responsible for disseminating information I receive as a Director to all Members with whom I am in contact.
I will make decisions based on factual data rather than unsubstantiated opinions. I will make decisions based on what is in the best interest of all members of the KDCA, rather than any one group, individual, or special interest.
I will be honest in doing the work of the KDCA and in speaking on behalf of the organization and its leadership in order to foster trust among KDCA members and the public.
I will respect my fellow Directors and the members of the KDCA, acknowledging differences of opinion, providing for open and respectful discussion, and making decisions only after listening to all points of view and all available data.
I will publicly support the majority decisions made by the Board of Directors, even if I privately disagree.
If I am a breeder of Kangal Dogs, I will hold my own business to the highest standards of professionalism, quality, and integrity, because the manner in which I conduct my individual business affairs can affect the public image of the KDCA.
I will not disclose, beyond its intended scope, any information which is marked, designated or treated as confidential by the Board, officers, or committee members and that I receive as a Director of the Kangal Dog Club of America. I understand that my obligation to maintain confidentiality extends indefinitely beyond my term of office.
Conflict of Interest
I acknowledge that information gathered by the KDCA is for the benefit of all members and the breed. Therefore I will not use any information I receive as a member of the Board of Directors of the KDCA for my own benefit or the benefit of friends, family members, or business associates.
I will openly declare any actual or perceived conflict of interest that may result from my taking part in discussion or decision-making on an issue before the association while having a business, professional, or personal interests that could bias my decisions. I further acknowledge the Board of Directors has the sole responsibility for determining whether my interests constitute a conflict and if so what the remedy will be. (See attached example.)
Signature of Director _______________________________
Examples of Conflicts of Interest
While serving as the Chair of the Single Registration Committee of the KDCA and the liaison with the UKC, John Doe imports a Kangal Dog from Turkey. John approves this dog for Single Registration without documenting the dog’s origins, submitting photographs, or consulting other members of the Committee. The dog is therefore not held to the same standards as dogs submitted for single registration by other members, and no one is made aware of the conflict of interest.
Jane Doe is contacted in her capacity as President of the KDCA by a magazine writer wanting to do a story on the Kangal Dog in America. Rather than passing this information on to the Publications Committee or the Board, Jane works with the magazine writer on the story and ensures that her own dogs are profiled in the story. No other KDCA members are given the opportunity to talk with the writer or to have photographs or information about their dogs included.