Comment on AMGA Compliance Program Updates

— Comment Period Open Until August 23, 2021 —

“The mission of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Professional Compliance Program is to promote professional integrity among AMGA members for the benefit of the AMGA community, the industry, and the public.”

The AMGA professional compliance program consists of the AMGA Code of Ethics and Conduct, which establishes standards of conduct for AMGA members, and the Speak Up reporting platform, which provides a confidential channel for AMGA members to report potential violations of the AMGA Code of Ethics and Conduct. This program was launched in 2019 to better meet AMGA members’ needs when reporting ethical concerns. In the fall of 2020, the AMGA Board of Directors determined the professional compliance program needed to be reviewed and updated. The Board assembled a task force to research best practices, review existing AMGA policies, and identify opportunities for the compliance program to be improved. To learn more about the process that was used to review and update the compliance program, read this Overview of Compliance Program Updates.

The work of the task force and AMGA Staff resulted in the creation of an Anti-Harassment and Prohibited Behavior Policy, four (4) targeted updates to the AMGA Code of Ethics and Conduct, and the development of a comprehensive Professional Compliance Manual that outlines the process by which ethical complaints are supported, investigated, and adjudicated. Each of the draft documents can be viewed by clicking on the links below.





Request for AMGA Member Comment and Feedback

The AMGA membership is invited to provide comments on the draft documents. Comments can be provided through an online survey form or through two AMGA member listening sessions (details below). The survey includes several general questions about the draft documents and it provides an option to upload comment letters of any length. Any and all feedback is welcome, from generalized comments about the program as a whole to detailed comments about specific provisions. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 pm on August 23, 2021. The feedback received will be used to inform a final version of the Professional Compliance Manual that will be submitted to the AMGA Board of Directors for approval and adoption at the October 30, 2021 Board meeting.

The AMGA will be hosting online listening sessions on July 13, 2021, and August 10, 2021, at 5:00 pm (MDT). To register, click on the link embedded in the date of your choice.