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United States Firearms Alliance => Information Arsenal => Topic started by: USFA-ADMIN on January 05, 2018, 07:55:18 PM

Title: Code Of Ethics We Stand By In Our Operations
Post by: USFA-ADMIN on January 05, 2018, 07:55:18 PM
USFA Code of Ethics & Terms of Use
The United Stated Firearms Alliance
The USFA, our Alliance believes strongly that its members must uphold the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior, not only in their work with other members, but also in their relationships with clients, field work, colleagues and respondents. All members therefore agree to abide by the following principles:
1. To conduct qualitative research in a professional manner, and to at all times meet a high standards of excellence.
2. To avoid discriminatory practices and bias. Unless clearly justified by our staff, members will not arbitrarily exclude participants based on age, sex, race, religion or physical appearance in their discussions, debates or interactions.
3. To represent themselves honestly their professionally.
4. Not to misrepresent their credentials or intent in order to secure or maintain membership in USFA, nor to assert or imply that USFA membership is evidence of accreditation or endorsement.
5. Not to offer or accept kickbacks, bribes or other favors in return for research business and solutions.
6. To respect all confidentiality, and not to reveal proprietary research findings to others without explicit client approval by the Management team of our Alliance in writing. Even if there may be a public awareness.
7. To use qualitative research procedures only for legitimate research purposes, and not, for example, as a ruse for product promotion or a preferred political outcome.
8. To treat all members with respect and consideration and at all times to conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect favorably on the USFA its self as a whole, which active members represent.
9. To support, and abide the Terms Policies and Bylaws, and to endeavor to further USFA s key objective: To enhance a favorable Alliance for all concerning Firearms and their support or or concern of.
USAF Forum Policy
General Information
The following are the rules and conditions of participating in the member-only USFA Forum. The Forum is a member benefit provided by USFA furtherance of its mission and has been established to enable members to network, seek advice, encourage the free exchange of ideas, and promote professional development. USFA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on the Forum and disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on the Forum, whether by USFA or its members.
USFA does not generally monitor the Forum for inappropriate postings, and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting or unauthorized use of the Forum is brought to the USFA Executive Director’s attention, USFA may take all appropriate action, in its sole discretion. USFA reserves the right to terminate, without prior notice, the Forum access of any user.
In no event shall USFA be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages, or damages of any kind whatsoever, resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use of performance of any information posted on the Forum.
This policy is subject to change depending upon the needs and requirements of USFA and its members. Any requests for exception to the Forum policy should be directed to the Executive Director of USFA.
Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal information or material, and do not use the Forum in any illegal manner, including laws governing antitrust or restraint of trade. Do not use the Forum to discuss, comment about, or otherwise address matters of pricing or other competitive issues. Do not use the Forum to self promote or advertise your company or its services. Do not use the Forum to collect information about its users or to transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, any form of gambling, or any other solicitation. Do not transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to negatively affects other users' ability to engage in the Forum.
Do not share messages posted on this Forum with anyone outside of USFA unless you are given specific, written permission to do so from the individual(s) who posted the message(s). Do not post any confidential information or any information that would infringe upon the proprietary, privacy or personal rights of others.
Copyrights and Trademarks
Do not post any information or other material that is protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. Do not use any words, logos, or other marks that would infringe upon the trademark, service mark, certification mark, or other intellectual property right of the owners of such marks without the permission of such owners.
Blog Policy
The Unites States Firearms Alliance encourages the sharing of knowledge and opinion related to qualitative ideas through our personal blogs shared on the USFA website. That being said, there are some limits for members of our association – and some things about which readers should be aware.
i. USFA Members
1. You must agree to our posting terms as part of your terms of membership in USFA. When you join USFA or renew your membership, you will be asked to accept these terms.
2. The purpose of these blogs is for members to share ideas, case studies, and other content on the broad topic of qualitative research and related topics. Please keep in mind that all members are ambassadors for USFA and any blog posts will reflect on our association’s reputation.
3. All posts reflect the opinion of the member who writes the post, and do not reflect the official opinion of USFA.
4. You (our USFA member) own the copyright to your own posts.
5. If you relinquish membership, your blogs / posts will be removed from our site at our discretion. You should archive your work on your own computer or storage system.
6. USFA reserves the right to remove any post that is a violation of USFA policy or of U.S. law, or is otherwise offensive, abusive, obscene, vulgar, insulting, verifiable inaccurate by USFA, hateful, threatening, or harassing. USFA retains the right to remove material at any time, without prior notice to the member.
7. We hope that you will offer expertise or guidance on topics related to qualitative research, but please refrain from making overt sales pitches. USFA may remove material that is sales-oriented.
8. Your posts must represent your own original material. If you reference or quote others, you must use appropriate attribution (no plagiarism). “ we are serious don't copy others work period “
9. USFA is not liable for any member posting.
ii. Readers of Blogs Posted by USFA Members
Although our members have agreed to our terms of use, USFA has more than 1000 members and visitors from nearly every time zone across the globe. This makes it impossible for our staff to monitor blog / posts. All posts reflect the opinion of the member who writes the post, and do not reflect the official opinion of the United States Firearms Alliance (USFA ). If you see a post that you consider objectionable or inappropriate, please notify the USFA (contact information provided below).
Anti-trust Avoidance
It shall be the policy of the Alliance to be in strict compliance with all United States of America Federal and State Antitrust laws, rules and regulations. Therefore:
1. These policies and procedures apply to all membership, board, committee and other meetings of the Alliance, and all meetings attended by representatives of the Alliance
2. Discussions of prices or price levels are prohibited. In addition, no discussion is permitted of any elements of a company's operations which might influence price such as:
a. Cost of operations, supplies, labor or services;
b. Allowance for discounts;
c. Terms of sale including credit arrangements; and,
d. Profit margins and mark ups, provided this limitation shall not extend to discussions of methods of operation, maintenance, and similar matters in which cost or efficiency is merely incidental.
3. It is a violation of Antitrust laws to agree not to compete, therefore, discussions of division of territories or contacts or limitations on the nature of business carried on or products sold are not permitted.
4. Boycotts in any form are unlawful. Discussion relating to boycotts is prohibited, including discussions about blacklisting or unfavorable reports about particular companies including their financial situation.
5. It is the Alliance's policy that all meetings attended by representatives of the Alliance where discussion can border on an area of antitrust sensitivity, the Alliance's representative request that the discussion be stopped and ask that the request be made a part of the minutes of the meeting being attended. If others continue such discussion, the Alliance's representative should excuse himself/herself from the meeting and request that the minutes show that he/she left the meeting at that point and why he/she left. Any such instances should be reported immediately to the President and staff of the Alliance( USFA )
6. It is the Alliance's policy that a copy of these Antitrust Compliance Policies and Procedures be given to each officer, director, committee member, official representative of member companies and Alliance employees annually when and if they currently exist and that the same be read, or understood at all meetings of the membership of the USFA Alliance as approved conditions are applied to the operations of the USFA.
7. Contact unitedstatesfirearms@gmail.com
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