The following is hereby adopted as the Code of Ethics of the PPSNYS and must be signed by every member. Any alleged violation of this code shall be heard by the Ethics committee which may make recommendations to the Executive Council.
The practice of photography, both as a science and an art, is worthy of the very best thought and endeavor of all who enter it as a vocation.
Our fellow photographers’ name and reputation shall be as sacred to us as our own.
No untrue or misleading statements shall be made in any way, in any form of business promotion.
It shall be our duty to impart freely of our knowledge, individually and as an organization, so that the professional and his work may be raised to higher standards.
Professionally we shall strive to serve the public to the best of our ability.
We shall abide by and observe all rules and laws pertaining to doing business in the photographic industry and shall be honest and forthright in customer relationships.
No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by Internal Revenue Code section 501(h), or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of the corporation, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation), and no member, trustee, officer of the corporation or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution in any of the corporate assets on dissolution of the corporation.
In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the Corporation shall after necessary expenses thereof, be distributed to such organizations as shall qualify under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding federal government or to a state or local government, for a public purpose; or to another organization to be used in such manner as in the judgment of a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York will best accomplish the general purposes for which this corporation was formed.