Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

The Society of Santa has a goal to improve the image of Santa Claus and provide a better Santa experience for children. To accomplish that goal we need well-based standards of right and wrong to prescribe what Santa ought and ought-not to do. Each of us has a stake in all members maintaining high moral and ethical standards and acting as Santa should act. We owe a duty to one another, to all Santas everywhere, to our clients and children of all ages to always act as does Santa.

Above all, we must be HONORABLE
Honor is that highest moral integrity upon which a good name and reputation are founded. Honor demands that we always do what is morally right and aspires, at a minimum, to the ethical standards and actions outlined below:
Deal HONESTLY
Acting with integrity, being completely straightforward and above board, in all matters and never take what isn’t rightly ours or accept what hasn’t been properly earned.
Be TRUSTWORTHY
Trustworthiness is being honest, dependable, reliable and responsible. Whatever we promise we must do, to the letter, if we commit to doing something, we must do exactly that thing.
Be RESPECTFUL
Respect is the regard and consideration we must have for our fellow man regardless of race, color, creed, gender or religious affiliation. We show respect by dealing honestly, being trustworthy and accepting responsibility.
Be COURTEOUS
Courtesy is not just being polite, it is a part of showing respect. You don’t need to be first, allow the other fellow to have his way, to go ahead or to feel good. Spend a moment saying or doing something kind or to just say, “thank you,” 100 times a day.
Tell the TRUTH
Save for the joy and legend of Santa, truth is a plain, unvarnished, accurate and complete statement of fact. If a thing isn’t true, we must not say it and must not allow it to be understood from what is said. The truth may cost us money but it will gain us respect and allow us our dignity.
Show COMPASSION
Take no advantage of another’s mistakes or weaknesses and don’t be quick to judge harshly. Always allow the benefit of any reasonable doubt.
Keep CLEAN
Cleanliness includes clean thoughts as well as a clean body. Allow no unsightly appearance or unpleasant odor in your body, breath or clothes and keep your speech clean, free of profanity and vulgarity. Avoid the odor and filth of smoking or chewing tobacco, at least around others.
Stay SOBER
Sobriety is also a part of cleanliness; drunkenness is never acceptable. Don’t drink alcohol except at non-work social affairs or in private, and then only in moderation. Use of non-prescription drugs and abuse of prescribed drugs is unthinkable, never acceptable.
Maintain SELF-RESPECT
Knowing to a moral certainty that you always act honorably in every way by doing whatever you do with a good clear conscience and closely observing these minimum SOS Ethics guidelines.

This CODE OF ETHICS was recommended to the membership by a majority of the Board of Directors on or about May 9, 2009 and approved by near unanimous vote at the next regularly scheduled meeting on May 16, 2009.