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Code of Ethics

Value Statement

The Napa County Fair Association values:
  • Enriching our community with recreation, education, entertainment, tourism, civic involvement, and emergency response support;
  • Excellence and innovation;
  • Fun;
  • Listening;
  • Stewardship of our history;
  • Dignity, integrity, honesty, respect;
  • Prudent and fiscally responsible management;
  • Inclusivity; and
  • Accessibility.

Code of Ethics

Professional ethics and integrity are at the core of our mission; we have a responsibility to serve our community and each other with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. As such, the Napa County Fair Association has adopted a code of ethics to guide its board members, committee members, employees, volunteers, and association members in their conduct when acting on behalf of the Association. The Code contains broad principles reflecting the types of behavior the Association expects of itself and its board, employees, volunteers, donors, and the public.

This policy is not intended as a stand-alone policy. It does not embody the totality of the Napa County Fair Association ethical standards, nor does it answer every ethical question or issue that may 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 annually.

Board members, committee members, staff, volunteers, and association members shall:
  • Listen to our stakeholders and make all reasonable efforts to satisfy their needs and concerns within the scope of our mission, and to strive for excellence and innovation and demonstrate professional respect and responsiveness to our constituents, donors, and others.
  • Make an effort to understand, respect, and support our constituents from other cultures, exemplified by the contributions of our staff and executive leadership, and to contribute to an organizational culture that respects the diverse, individual contributions of staff and leadership.
  • Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information about the Napa County Fair Association, its members, constituents, donors, board, and employees.
  • Comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and fiduciary responsibilities in an effort to create transparency in all of our operations.
  • For the board of directors, provide credible and effective oversight to the organization’s work without personal bias.
  • Not accept commissions, gifts, payments, loans, promises of future benefits or other items of value from anyone who has or may seek some benefit from the Napa County Fair Association in return, other than occasional gifts of nominal value that are in keeping with good business ethics.
  • Abide by the governing documents and policies of the Napa County Fair Association.
  • Be accountable for adhering to this Code of Ethics.
  • Implement and follow a Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Implement and follow a Whistleblower Protection Policy.
  • Act at all times in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in the best interest of the Napa County Fair Association, its members, constituents, donors, and reputation.
  • Openly and honestly tell the truth.
  • Honor our commitments and promises to the best of our abilities.
  • Appropriately acknowledge contributions from other individuals and organizations who help facilitate our goals.
  • Not be deceptive in our fundraising activities or in prospecting for new members to join the Napa County Fair Association.

Compliance, Monitoring, and Reporting

The Napa County Fair Association management is responsible for communicating this Code of Ethics to all members of the board of directors, standing committee members, as well as staff, volunteers, and Association members. The Leadership Development Committee is responsible for ensuring its adherence at all times.
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