Code of Conduct
Pursuant to the unanimous resolution of the Council at its July 19, 1994 meeting in Washington D.C., each member of the Council must sign the following Code of Conduct:
As a member of the US Green Building Council, I hereby agree to adhere to the principles of improving the energy and environmental efficiency of the whole building environment. This includes following and promoting the concepts of:
Antitrust Compliance Statement:
- Promoting sustainabilty as defined as "providing for the needs of the present without detracting from the ability to fulfill the needs of the future."
- Improving energy efficiency and conservation
- Improving indoor environmental quality
- Increasing resource and material efficiency
- Improving occupancy health and productivity
- Improving environmental quality including air, water, land, limited resources and ecosystems
Trade associations such as USGBC can engage in a number of activities that benefit its members and the public. For example, USGBC can collect and distribute information that educates industry participants and also educates customers and the public as to the benefits offered by members’ products and services. However, since trade associations like the USGBC involve interaction and communications between competitors, they also are subject to scrutiny under the antitrust laws.
It is the policy of USGBC to comply fully with the antitrust laws. To avoid creating any issues under the antitrust laws, the members of the USGBC should not engage in any discussions or agreements concerning the following topics either in formal meetings or informal social gatherings:
• Prices, price changes, price quotations, bids, pricing policies, pricing philosophies, price levels, price differentials, mark-ups, discounts, or allowances;
• Any element of price, including credit, warranties, or other terms and conditions of sale;
• Output, production, profits or costs,
• The customers to whom a company sells;
• The amount that a company pays for goods or services;
• The selection, rejection or termination of customers or suppliers;
• Business plans or strategies;
• Restrictions on the development or use of technology; or
• Exchange of any competitive information.
Please note that this statement is not complete and is only a general guide. The intent of this statement is to remind the members of the importance of continued compliance with the antitrust laws.