Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

 
WGA Code of Ethics sets out how we should act and proceed in a number of situations that can occur in our activities. Each of us is obligated consistently and correctly implement and adhere to the Code of Ethics and other binding WGA rules, and promote it to others. If we become aware of a breach of the Code of Ethics or we suspect it, we shall investigate the occurrence and take reasonable steps to remedy the situation. We want all event participants and WGA supporters to cooperate and help us achieve our goals and primary mission.
 
Weght Greyhound Association (WGA) is a nonprofit organization that cooperates with individuals, groups, clubs, and other entities in the areas of publicity, media coverage, and weight racing and coursing event realization. WGA follows its own regulations. The legislative body of this organization is the Executive Board.
 
We want to act professionally. We always proceed so that we preserve the good name of the WGA and other cooperating entities. We respect different opinions, we act responsibly, we are happy to work together to achieve established goals. We always take into account ethical behavior in all steps we undertake.
If we want to continue being successful, we must constantly evolve and improve as individuals and as a whole organization. Our activities are always guided by professional standards, laws, and other legal regulations as well as internal regulations of the WGA. However, these rules cannot cover every situation that may occur in our operations. That's why we created a Code of Ethics that applies to all associates and other collaborating entities.
 
The Code is based on our values, helping us to implement them in daily practice and to contribute to the fulfillment of five WGA principles. WGA entities in each country, in accordance with this Code, may develop additional rules that take into account their specificities.
 
1. Maintain good name of WGA
It is our duty to always act so as to preserve and to promote the good name of the WGA. If any of us find ourselves in a situation in which we can reasonably be considered as representative of the WGA, we should only express WGA opinions and not our own attitudes. We use all WGA and its subjects’ property, whether physical, mental or electronic, responsibly in the course of our work, and we always obey the laws and legitimate purpose for the use.
 
2. Act professionally
Our activity is carried out in accordance with the WGA rules and the relevant technical and professional standards. We want to be successful in our idea, but never at the expense of the applicable law and ethical principles. We fulfill our contractual obligations and inform our partners truthfully. We respect the confidentiality of information. We will avoid conflicts of interest. If we find out that it could happen, and we know the measures that could adequately protect the interests of stakeholders, then this measure is implemented.
 
3. Protect its independence
We adhere to the laws and professional standards that help us maintain the necessary degree of objectivity, through which we gain and strengthen our confidence in our idea. We are trying to prevent the compromising of our independence or to give the impression that it is threatened. We pay attention to all the circumstances that could impair our objectivity. If we find ourselves in a difficult situation or a situation that can cause difficulties for WGA, we shall counsel on appropriate action. During these consultations, we observe relevant professional and administrative procedures. It is unacceptable for us to act in any corrupt way.
 
4. Mutual Respect
We treat everyone with respect, dignity, honesty, and courtesy. We value the diversity of our collaborators and view it as a competitive advantage which must be promoted and disseminated. Fundamentally, we avoid any discrimination, retaliation and harassment. We will not comment on any other issues which are not in accordance with the issue of running for weight limits. We constantly strive to improve our skills and abilities.
 
5. Social responsibility
We support the protection of fundamental human rights and do not engage in activities that infringe those rights. In countries in which we operate, we respect local laws, customs and traditions. We support charitable and educational activities and community service activities.
We are helping to combat corruption.
 
 
Ten Commandments / ethical questions for reflection:
  1. Is my conduct professional and in accordance with the WGA idea?
  2. Is it correct?
  3. Is it in accordance with the law?
  4. Could it have negative consequences for me or for the WGA?
  5. Whom do I impact with my conduct?
  6. Would I be ashamed if others have learned about my conduct?
  7. Can I find a solution that would not be ethically questionable?
  8. How would I feel if my conduct was reported in the media?
  9. What would people I respect think about my conduct?
  10. Am I able to sleep at night peacefully?
Vaclav Holoch
President of the Association, by his own hand.
 
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