OCS Code of Ethics

OCS Personnel Code of Ethics

Every OCS staff member must read and sign the OCS Personnel Code of Ethics, the content of which is below. 

Responsibility to Options Community Services Society Clients

I affirm that at all times:

  • I will consider the well-being of the individuals, the groups and the communities I serve as my primary professional duty.
  • I will competently, diligently and efficiently perform my responsibilities and duties to clients Options Community Services Society ("OCS").
  • I will treat all OCS clients with dignity and respect, and I will serve and represent OCS clients with loyalty and integrity.
  • I will not use my position to further my religious political or personal objectives.
  • I will keep confidential all personal and confidential information disclosed to me, or learned by me, in the course of my employment with OCS, both during and after my employment with OCS, and I will not use such information for my benefit or the benefit of others. I will not disclose such information at any time, unless expressly authorized by OCS or if legally obligated to do so, in which case I will alert OCS to my disclosure obligation before making such disclosure.
  • I will ensure that my outside interests do not jeopardize my professional judgment, independence, competence or ability to do my work, and will promote excellence in my field and keep up-to-date in my professional knowledge through continuing professional education.

Responsibility to Colleagues

I affirm that at all times: 

  • I will respect the rights and views of my colleagues and treat them with fairness, courtesy and professionalism.
  • I will give honest and clear feedback to colleagues in an effort to improve the work that we do and services to those we serve. 
  • I will not engage in or condone any form of harassment or discrimination.
  • When I am in a position to represent a colleague, I will act with integrity and with regard for the reputation, character and professional interests of my colleagues.
  • I will extend respect and congeniality to colleagues of all professions.
  • I will not assume responsibility for the clients of a colleague without appropriate consultation with that colleague.
  • If I have the responsibility for hiring and evaluating of the performance of other staff, I will do so i a responsible, fair, equitable, supportive and considerate manner. 

Responsibility to Options Community Services Society

I affirm that at all times: 

  • I will respect the mission, vision, values and culture of Options Community Services Society ("OCS").
  • I will respect OCS' Statement of Diversity in my day-to-day work with clients and colleagues.
  • I will be loyal to OCS and carry out my duties and responsibilities in OCS' best interests.
  • I will respect and adhere to OCS policies, procedures and Board and management decisions and I will take the initiative to identify areas of improvement of such policies when it will better the interests of OCS, clients and the community by presenting my suggestions to OCS in writing. 
  • I will work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by OCS>
  • I will accurately represent my education, training, experience and competencies.
  • I will correct, whenever possible, misleading or inaccurate information and representation made by others, concerning jy qualifications, services or actions.
  • I will bring to the attention of OCS any issues that I believe have an adverse effect on OCS or its clients.
  • I will bring to the attention of ZOCS any issues that I believe have an adverse effect on OCS or its clients.
  • I will bring to the attention of OCS any issues that I believe have an adverse effect on OCS or its clients.
  • I will use the resources and information of Options Community Services Society only for the purposes they are intended and will not use them to benefit myself or any other third party(s).
  • I will not use my position to solicit clients of OCS for personal business or for any other business I have an interest in, directly or indirectly.
  • I will not use my position to further religious, political or personal objectives.
  • I will fulfill any and all commitments made by me to OCS.
  • I will conduct myself in a professional manner i order to bring credit to myself and to OCS, and I will not act in any manner that could harm the reputation of OCS or bring it into disrepute.
  • I will loyally support the integrity and reputation of OCS.
  • I will not remove any confidential files or OCS property unless properly authorized. 

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