Code of Conduct & Ethics

Purpose of the Code is to establish clear expectations for conduct and behavior that align with the values and objectives of the PFA. The code is applicable to all PFA directors and PFA member country representatives. Additionally, the code is encouraged for all athletes, coaches, staff, officials, and volunteers participating in conjunction with the various PFA member countries.

  1. Respect and Fairness
  • Treat all individuals with respect, regardless of race, age, gender, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic.
  • Promote fairness and equality in all activities and competitions.
  • Avoid any form of harassment, bullying, or abuse, whether physical, emotional, or psychological.
  1. Integrity and Honesty
  • Uphold high standards of integrity and honesty.
  • Refrain from engaging in fraud, deception, or any illegal activities.
  • Report any observed unethical behavior or violations of this code.
  1. Sportsmanship and Competitiveness
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Compete with a spirit of fairness and respect for opponents.
  • Accept both victory and defeat with grace and dignity.
  1. Compliance with Rules and Regulations
  • Adhere to all rules and regulations of the sport and the federation.
  • Respect decisions made by officials and address disputes through appropriate channels.
  1. Health and Safety
  • Prioritize personal health and safety, as well as that of others.
  • Avoid any behavior that endangers the physical or mental well-being of anyone involved in the sport.
  1. Confidentiality and Privacy
  • Respect the confidentiality and privacy of sensitive information related to athletes, staff, and the federation.
  • Do not disclose confidential information without proper authorization.
  1. Use of Federation Property and Resources
  • Use federation property and resources responsibly and only for their intended purposes.
  • Avoid wastage or misuse of resources.
  1. Reporting and Accountability
  • Report any violations of this code of conduct.
  • Cooperate in investigations related to breaches of conduct.
  • Be accountable for one’s actions and accept consequences of any violations.
  1. PFA Board of Directors and Employee Conflict of Interest

It’s crucial for PFA board directors to handle conflicts professionally and constructively, as unresolved conflicts can hamper the board’s effectiveness and, by extension, the success of the organization they govern.Conflict resolution for board directors involves a structured approach to resolving disagreements or disputes that arise within a board of directors. Given the critical role of a board in governing an organization, effectively managing conflicts is essential to ensure sound decision-making and maintain a positive working environment. Here are key aspects of conflict resolution specifically tailored for board directors:

  • Identification of the Conflict: The first step is recognizing that a conflict exists. This could be a disagreement over strategic decisions, personal conflicts between board members, or differing views on the organization’s policies.
  • Understanding the Nature of the Conflict: It’s important to understand whether the conflict is related to interpersonal issues, differences in values or ethics, or disagreements about specific decisions or strategies.
  • Open Communication: Encourage an open and respectful dialogue. Board members should feel safe to express their opinions and concerns without fear of retribution or judgment. This often involves active listening, where each party is given a fair opportunity to speak and is heard by others.
  • Adherence to Bylaws and Policies: The board should refer to the organization’s bylaws and policies, which might provide guidance on resolving certain types of conflicts. This includes conflict of interest policies, codes of conduct, and procedural rules for decision-making.
  • Focus on Common Goals: Remind board members of the common goals and mission of the organization. This can help shift the focus from personal differences to the shared interests and responsibilities of the board.
  • Compromise and Collaboration: Encourage a collaborative approach to resolving the conflict. This may involve compromise or finding a middle ground that is acceptable to all parties.
  • Decision-Making Protocols: Utilize established decision-making protocols to resolve the issue. This could involve voting, consensus-building techniques, or other methods outlined in the organization’s governance structure.
  • Documentation and Follow-Up: Keep a record of the conflict and how it was resolved. This can be useful for future reference and ensures transparency in the process. Also, follow up with the involved parties to ensure that the resolution is implemented and effective.
  • Preventive Measures and Training: Finally, boards should consider implementing training and preventive measures to manage conflicts proactively. This might include regular training on conflict resolution, team-building exercises, and revisiting the board’s composition or structure if necessary.

For additional information, please contact your PFA representative.