Code of Ethics

As a nonprofit organization, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s policy is to uphold the highest legal ethical, and moral standards. Our donors and volunteers support the Southwest Symphony Orchestra because they trust us to be good stewards of their resources, and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires the careful observance of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.

The Southwest Symphony Orchestra will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and expects its directors, officers, and employees to conduct business in accordance with the letter and spirit of all relevant laws, to refrain from any illegal, dishonest or unethical conduct, to act in a professional, businesslike manner, and to treat other with respect. Directors and officers should not use their positions to obtain unreasonable or excessive services or expertise from the Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s staff.

In general the use of good judgment based on high ethical principles will guide you with respect to lines of acceptable conduct. However, if a situation arises where it is difficult to determine the proper course of conduct, or where you have questions concerning the propriety of certain conduct by you or other, the matter should be brought to the attention of the Board Chair. If you are an employee, you should contact your immediate supervisor and, if necessary, the Director of Human Resources. Board members should raise any such concerns with the Board Chair.

In all questions involving ethics and conduct, the Board of Directors will make relevant determinations, except that any individual whose conduct is at issue will not participate in such decisions.