Code of Conduct

IAFN is committed to maintaining an inclusive, safe, and respectful environment. IAFN will not tolerate any behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. This means not only applies not only for our members and staff, but for everyone with whom we engage. This Code of Conduct outlines IAFN’s expectations and governs interactions with, or between members, vendors, staff, guests, and anyone who does business with IAFN, whether at IAFN-hosted events, interactions prompted by our events, or online. For more information specific to our online community, see our Community Guidelines.

By becoming a member of IAFN, providing services or products to IAFN, or by attending an event or participating in any IAFN activity, you agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is subject to periodic review and may be updated as needed to reflect the evolving needs and values of IAFN. You agree to comply with the most current publicly available version of this Code of Conduct.

Behavior: We expect you to treat one another with respect, courtesy, and professionalism. IAFN has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment of any kind, including bullying, offensive language, inappropriate gestures, acts of violence, or any other form of harassment. We also require that you refrain from any disruptive behavior that, although not targeted at any individual specifically, undermines our constructive and inclusive environment. In digital interactions, carefully consider the potential impact of sharing sensitive or triggering content. Be mindful of cultural differences and diverse perspectives. Treat others with respect.

Diversity: We value diversity, equity, and belonging in all that we do. We seek to celebrate the contributions of all people – regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), socioeconomic status, religion, creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or intellectual disabilities, military and veteran status, genetic information, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other protected class, characteristic, or consideration. We expect you to value and celebrate the contributions of all people as well.

Alcohol and Substance Use: We expect you to consume alcohol and legal substances responsibly. Anyone found to be impaired or acting inappropriately as a result may be asked to leave.

Compliance and Ethics: We expect you to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations. Any engagement in illegal activities, including discrimination or harassment based on a protected class or characteristic, is strictly prohibited. Further, we expect you to conduct yourselves with honesty and integrity. Avoid conflicts of interest and disclose any potential conflicts that may arise during IAFN events, meetings, discussions, or other activities.

Confidentiality and Resources: We expect you to respect the confidentiality and intellectual property of others and to use IAFN resources responsibly and for the benefit of IAFN and its mission. Do not use or disclose confidential information without proper authorization. Unauthorized use of resources or activities that may harm IAFN’s reputation are not allowed.

Public Representation: While we welcome members into this community, we expect you to represent only your personal views publicly and not act or characterize that you are representing IAFN, its community, staff, or IAFN’s Board of Directors. We expect you to avoid making misleading statements or misrepresentations, whether intentional or otherwise, and to take prompt and full action to rectify any inaccurate or overly broad statements. Speak only on your own behalf unless you have express authorization from IAFN to speak on behalf of the organization.

Reporting Violations: See something, say something! We ask you to report any suspected violations of this Code of Conduct promptly to IAFN is committed to investigating and addressing reported violations and will maintain confidentiality and reporters’ anonymity as best as possible. IAFN reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary and appropriate in response to a suspected violation, including immediate removal from an event without warning or refund, removal from our membership or from our online platforms, and IAFN reserves the right to prohibit attendance at future events.