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OSAC Code of Conduct Update

We have posted a revised and improved version of the OSAC Code of Conduct on our website today, which can be accessed here or from the top menu under the "About" tab with no log-in necessary. All OSAC members should read and be familiar with its content. Some of the key changes include:
  • An expansion to virtual platforms, in addition to in-person events
  • An expectation of adherence to the Chatham House Rule
  • Prohibitions on the use of OSAC resources for business development opportunities
  • An updated process for reporting violations
  • More details on the consequences of unacceptable behavior

To ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct, all OSAC members participating in webinars and in-person activities must agree to abide by it during the online registration process for those events. We are also updating our Google Group disclaimers to inform users that they must follow the Code of Conduct on those platforms to remain active participants.

Thank you to our 20-member Working Group, who committed hours of volunteer time over the past several months to help us revise the Code of Conduct, and who continue to help us with the process moving forward. We are grateful for their advice, expertise, and wordsmithing. The Working Group includes:

Kit Bartels, OSAC

 

Ben Brandt, Cargill

 

Christopher Daniel, Michigan State University

 

Richard Davis, ISF President, formerly United Airlines

 

Rodney Drinkard, Coca-Cola

 

Ned Farmer, American Airlines

 

Julie Friend, Northwestern University

 

Kathy Lavinder, SI Placement

 

John Masusock, OSAC

 

Lynn Mattice, National Economic Security Alliance

 

Shannon Mureithi, Food for the Hungry

 

Lisa Oliveri, EDC

 

Brandon Padilla, Sempra Energy

 

Bhavesh Patel, Sanofi

 

Claire Prestwood, Cargill

 

Stephen Saflin, Phillips 66

 

Charles Steadman, KPMG

 

Pranoti Surve, Philip Morris

 

Vincent Volpi, PICA

 

Ryan Wildes, Mass General Brigham



The OSAC Code of Conduct remains a dynamic working document, and we will continue to update it as needed. It will also be reviewed on an annual basis by members of the OSAC Council. We will notify all OSAC users when and if future updates are made.

If you have questions or comments about the Code of Conduct, please email us at OSACConduct@state.gov.
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