Policies

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION
Oil & Gas Admins International is an “equal opportunity employer and organization.”  O&GA will not discriminate and will take full measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, membership, advertisements, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment and membership against any employee, member or applicant on the bases of race, creed, color, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.
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ANTI-HARASSMENT
Oil & Gas Admins International is committed in all areas to providing a work environment and membership that is free from harassment.  Harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated. All employees and members, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in employment or membership with O&GA International as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.

The O&GA International anti-harassment policy includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or membership; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions about employment, membership, promotion, transfer, selection for training, performance evaluations, benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment or membership; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment or substantially interferes with an employee or member’s performance.

If an employee or member feels that he or she has been harassed on the basis of his or her sex, race, national origin, ethnic background, or any other legally protected characteristic, they should immediately report the matter to the O&GA International Executive Committee where the matter will be promptly investigated and any necessary corrective action will be taken where appropriate. All complaints of unlawful harassment will be handled in as discreet and confidential a manner as is possible under the circumstances.

The procedure for reporting incidents of harassing behavior is not intended to impair, replace, or limit the right of any employee or member to seek a remedy under available state or federal law by immediately reporting the matter to the appropriate state or federal agency.

Any employee or member engaging in improper harassing behavior will be subject to disciplinary action, including the possible termination of employment or membership.
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ANTITRUST
Oil & Gas Admins International (O&GA) is a professional organization formed to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning oil, gas and administrative support; and to provide opportunities for oil and energy professionals to enhance their administrative, technical and professional competence.

In carrying out these objectives, it is O&GA’s resolute policy that all O&GA activities shall be conducted in strict conformity with applicable antitrust laws. O&A will not condone any violation of its policy in this regard, and any member or employee who violates such policy will be subject to expulsion or discharge from O&GA.

The above stated purpose of O&GA also serves the goal of promoting competition. To this end, and to the end of avoiding violation of the antitrust laws, O&GA has adopted an Antitrust Compliance Policy that specifically requires observance of the following principles.

Price-Fixing – O&GA will not enter into any discussions or agreement among competitors to raise, lower or stabilize prices, even if the agreed-upon price is reasonable, and even if the agreement is never put into effect.

Agreement to Divide Customers or Territory – O&A will not discuss or enter into any agreement to divide the market or customers in such a way as to allow each party to the agreement to serve its share of the market without competition from the others.  O&GA will not discuss or enter into any agreement with a competitor to divide or allocate customers or territory including any agreement to stay out of another’s territory.

Group Boycotts – O&GA will not discuss or enter into any agreement with competing companies to deal with some third party, sometimes called a “group boycott”.   O&GA will not discuss or agree with another company or organization to deny doing business with a particular supplier or customer, or to agree to do business only with certain suppliers or customers or only on certain terms and conditions.

Membership Restrictions – Any person or entity that meets the criteria for O&GA membership and pays the applicable dues shall be admitted and allowed to remain as a member. Competitive concerns, commercial disputes, or personal animosity shall not be a basis for denying or revoking membership. O&GA is a trade association and will not deny or restrain membership to limit the ability of the applicant or nonmember to compete.

Product Standards – O&GA’s standards related to product manufacture, performance, or compatibility will be prepared through a consensus process that is balanced and allows for participation by all interested parties.  O&GA standards will be based on oil and energy administrative, technical, engineering, and safety factors.  Whether a member chooses to offer products in conformance with any standard shall be a voluntary decision.

Industry Statistics – O&GA may compile and distribute industry data on oil and energy administrative and support topics. O&GA will not use statistical programs to fix prices, allocate production, or otherwise restrain trade.

O&GA Meetings – To minimize the possibility of antitrust problems at O&GA gatherings, the following guidelines will be followed at all meetings of the Executive Committee and standard committees, as well as all O&GA-sponsored conventions, trade shows, training seminars, conferences, and task force and working group sessions.

  • WILL NOT discuss prices or competitors’ prices with a competitor (except when buying from or selling to that competitor) or anything which might affect prices such as costs, discounts, terms of sale, or profit margins.
  • WILL NOT agree with competitors to uniform terms of sale, warranties, or contract provisions.
  • WILL NOT agree with competitors to divide customers or territories.
  • WILL NOT act jointly with one or more competitors to put another competitor at a disadvantage.
  • WILL NOT try to prevent our supplier from selling to our competitor.
  • WILL NOT discuss our future pricing, marketing, or policy plans with competitors.
  • WILL NOT discuss our customers with our competitors.
  • WILL NOT make statements about our future plans regarding pricing, expansion, or other policies with competitive overtones. WILL NOT participate in discussions where other members do.
  • WILL NOT propose or agree to any standardization which will injure our competitor.
  • WILL NOT attend or stay at any informal meeting where there is no agenda, no minutes are taken, and no association staff member is present.
  • WILL NOT do anything before or after association meetings, or at social events, which would be improper at a formal association meeting.
  • DO alert association staff and legal counsel to anything improper.
  • DO send copies to an association staff member of any communications or documents sent, received, or developed by you when acting for the association.
  • DO alert every employee in our company who deals with the association to these guidelines.
  • DO be conservative. If you feel an activity might be improper, ask for guidance from Association staff or legal counsel in advance.

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CODE OF CONDUCT
O&GA Professionals are to exhibit the highest standards of competency, honesty, integrity, and impartiality, are fair and equitable, accept a personal responsibility for adherence to applicable laws, the protection of the environment, and safeguarding the public welfare in their professional actions and behavior. These principles govern professional conduct in serving the interests of the public, clients, employers, colleagues, and the profession.

O&GA Professionals:

  1. Are honest, truthful, ethical, and fair in presenting information and in making public statements reflecting on colleagues professional matters and their professional role, whether verbal or through printed or electronic media.
  2. Engage in professional relationships without bias or prejudice based on race, religion, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, or disability.
  3. Act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees by not disclosing without consent, or taking improper advantage of, anything of a proprietary or confidential nature concerning the business affairs or technical processes of any present or former client or employer.
  4. Disclose to affected parties known or potential conflicts of interest or other circumstances which might influence or appear to influence-judgment or impair the fairness or quality of their performance.
  5. Are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers, for promoting others to advance their learning and competence, and not falsely obtaining competency credentials through misrepresentation of experience or misconduct.
  6. Accept responsibility for their actions; seek and acknowledge criticism of their work; offer honest and constructive criticism of the work of others; properly credit the contributions of others; and do not accept credit for work that is not their own work.

Violation of the O&GA Code of Conduct may result in non-compliance filed with the O&GA Executive Committee, and the Committee can recommend actions that may include no penalty, to give a warning, to suspend the member’s O&GA membership for a set period, or to permanently expel the member from O&GA.
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