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ANSI Publishes New Code of Ethics for Institute’s Members and Volunteers

New York, Jan 22, 2007

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the publication of a new Code of Ethics for volunteers and members to follow when acting on behalf of the Institute.

Developed with input from ANSI members and approved by the Board of Directors at its year-end meeting in December 2006, the Code of Ethics is aligned with the Institute’s Constitution and Bylaws and supplements existing policies and best practices. It complements, but does not replace, conflict-of-interest policies currently in place for many of the Institute’s policy and program oversight committees.

“This document represents a public statement of ANSI’s commitment to integrity and excellence in carrying out our mission,” explained S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO.

According to Patricia Griffin, ANSI vice president and general counsel, ANSI’s adoption of a formal statement on certain ethical and social issues is in step with actions that many other associations – including a wide range of ANSI organizational members – have taken to establish overarching guidance policies for their members and volunteers. The Code addresses ANSI’s beliefs on matters related to advancement of the Institute’s mission, conflict of interest, avoidance of injury, and authorization to serve as a spokesperson of the Institute.

The ANSI Code of Ethics can be found in the “Structure and Management” section of the “About ANSI” pages of ANSI Online.

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