In a highly competitive era, the inclination is to broaden the base of ASQ by making it more accessible. Many compromises can be made but one aspect that must remain intact is the requirement of every member and affiliate of ASQ to adhere to the ASQ Code of Ethics
For clarity, I have added the link and am pasting the ethics below.
I call upon all ASQ members to examine their own personal values and priorities. If ASQ does not operate in a way that aligns with or reflects your own moral standards, that disconnect will create frustration and a disconnect which will be reflected in a low Net Promoter Score (NPS). For the sake of ASQ and its aspirations, every member must be prepared to not only abide by the Code of Ethics themselves but promote its adherence among everyone involved.
Member Leaders who represent ASQ must do so in a way that effectively propagates the values and ideals of our profession and society. For these essential volunteers, specific attention needs to be paid to Article 4: Acting in a professional manner and Article 5: Acting as faithful agents avoiding Conflict of Interest
As an ASQ Member Leader, ASQ Fellow, and active member in Year 20 of my association with ASQ, I can attest that the ASQ Code of Ethics is not only altruistic and aspirational, it is an essential and non-negotiable component to the preservation and sustainability of our society.
As an organization of volunteers (and I am including the superlative efforts of paid ASQ HQ staff who work over and above their normal job descriptions), trust and confidence are essential to establishing the foundation necessary for the enthusiastic "all-in" collaboration necessary for success. The slightest hesitation will disrupt and diminish efforts and cause initiatives to whither and fail.
As an ASQ leader, I have to be especially vigilant to reinforce ethical conduct among those in my charge or bailiwick. This may be my Waterloo, in which I am prepared to set aside personal popularity and conviviality to ensure that ASQ is not tarnished by potential fraud artists or malefactors. I will not knowingly endorse or support an ASQ Member Unit or its leaders whom I know to be in contempt or deliberate violation of the ASQ Code of Ethics or Conflict of Interest Guidelines.
Sometimes a stalemate will be reached. I am not the ASQ police, but only one member. If I reach a point that the leadership of an ASQ member unit refuses to cooperate or abide by these ethical principles, I will (and encourage others) to refer the matter to ASQ's Professional Ethics Committee.
Code of Ethics
- Being honest and impartial in serving the public, their employers, customers, and clients.
- Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the quality profession, and
- Using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare.