Coalition’s Staff Code of Conduct

Ethical conduct in managing the Coalition’s purchasing activities is an absolute essential. Staff must always be mindful that they represent the Board of Directors and share a professional trust with other staff and the general membership.

Staff shall discourage the offer of, and decline, individual gifts or gratuities of value in any way that might influence the purchase of supplies, equipment, and/or services. Staff shall notify their immediate supervisor if they are offered such gifts.

No employee or authorized agent, Board member or officer, shall participate in or cast a vote in the selection of or in the award of a contract if a conflict of interest real or apparent is involved. Such a conflict would arise when the individual (employee, agent, Board member or officer), any member of the individual’s immediate family, the individual’s partner, or a Coalition which employs or is about to employ any of the above, has a financial or other interest in the firm or Coalition selected for award.

No employee or authorized agent, Board member or officer, shall solicit or accept gratuities, favors or anything of monetary value from contractors, potential contractors or parties to any sub-agreement.

The Coalition expressly prohibits management from overriding any internal controls.

Control for conflict of interest is exercised through the Coalition funding process. Proposals are evaluated by staff using a point system based on evaluation criteria published in each Request for Proposals (RFP). Final funding decisions are made by the Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida Board. No one single staff or Board member controls the selection or administration process.

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