Code of Ethics for The Association

updated October 4, 2023

As members of The Association, we recognize the importance of codifying and making known to the profession and to the general public the ethical principles that guide the professionals of the art, craft, and creative materials industry.

The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.
  • adhere to a standard of excellence in manufacturing, packaging, promoting, marketing, and selling;
  • maintain and service all accounts and customers efficiently and professionally;
  • monitor industry developments to assure availability of the highest quality products and the imposition of the most stringent standards within the industry;
  • provide opportunities for professional advancement of employees by assisting them to acquire additional knowledge and increased competence;
  • impose strict quality controls throughout the manufacturing, marketing and selling process;
  • represent and market all products and services fairly and accurately;
  • protect and enhance the environment and the health and safety of their employees, their customers' employees, and consumers through the safe and responsible use and disposal of potentially hazardous substances; and
  • always be guided by a spirit of justice, honor, and fairness within their communities and in all dealings with other members of the art, craft, and creative materials industry and with associated industries.