Adopted April, 4th, 2016
AAFAME (Austin Association of Facility and Maintenance Engineers) is dedicated
to promoting the highest level of professionalism, integrity, sound judgment and
wisdom available in the commercial property and asset management industry.
Designed to foster trust and encourage mutual respect among those in these
industries, this code of ethics also protects the tenants, visitors, and guests
of commercial properties entrusted to our care. This code of ethics and
commitment exercised by each member will increase the transparency and esteem
between both parties while encouraging fair and healthy competition.
Members of AAFAME are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in
the normal routine of their duties so as to enhance the dignity of their
profession and their affiliation with the Association.
- Responsibility to Employers
Each member shall behave in a manner consistent with the stated goals of his or
her firm and/or employer. No member shall act out of a motive of personal gain
apart from the knowledge and consent of the employer and/or firm. No disclosure
of information by a member of AAFAME shall be used for his or her employer’s
Each member shall maintain as confidential any legitimate business information
provided in confidence until and unless given permission to disclose it by the
source or for the length of time that confidentiality is legally required.
- Fair Dealing
Each member shall strive to deal fairly with his or her competitors, vendors,
employer, and employees. No member, regardless of role, shall take unfair
advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged
information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any other unfair dealing
practice. No member of AAFAME shall align himself with any vendor, contractor or
supplier for the express purpose of personal gain. No member of AAFAME shall
ever knowingly say or do anything which may jeopardize the position of another
member with his or her employer.
- Financial Management
Each board member and/or committee chair shall control the funds and property
entrusted to them in such a way as to protect the client and client's assets
from any reasonably foreseeable losses.
- Continuing Education
Each member shall strive to remain knowledgeable in the subject material of
his or her role by taking courses and seminars offered by AAFAME, BOMI
International, ASHRAE, USGBC and others, reading industry periodicals, and consulting
and sharing information within the industry network in the members area.
- Duty to Former Clients and Former Firms or Employers
All duties and obligations of a member to clients, employers, and vendors as
specified will also apply to former clients, employers, and vendors. A member
should behave professionally, for whatever reason or rationale, relationships
are terminated between a member and his/her client firm or employer.
Any member that is found to have acted in an unethical manner, by the board of
directors, and is voted on as such, by a quorum of, and at an Executive board
meeting will result in the individual’s dues not being accepted for the
following year, nor will that person be considered for future membership, unless
otherwise stated at the time voting takes place.