Code of Ethical Conduct

Revised in March of 2018, the DRBF Code of Ethical Conduct consists of the four canons below that all DRBF members agree to adhere to in practice. The DRBF recommends that these canons be adopted by all users of the process as a matter of best practice.

Canon 1 – Conflict of Interest and Disclosure

Board members must avoid the appearance of, or any actual, conflict of interest during the term of the Dispute Board. Board members must disclose, before their appointment, any interest, past or present relationship, or association that could reasonably be considered by a contracting party as likely to affect that member’s independence or impartiality. If, during the term of a Dispute Board, a Board member becomes aware of any fact or circumstance that might reasonably be considered by a contracting party as likely to affect that Board member’s independence or impartiality, the Board member must inform the other Board members and disclose the matter to the contracting parties.

Canon 2 – Confidentiality

Board members must ensure that information acquired during the term of the Dispute Board remains confidential and must not be disclosed, unless such information is already in the public domain. Any such confidential information may only be disclosed if approved by the contracting parties or if compelled by law. Board members must not use such confidential information for any purpose beyond the activities of the Dispute Board.

Canon 3 – Board Conduct and Communications

Board members must conduct all Board activities in an expeditious, diligent, orderly, and impartial manner. Board members must act honestly, with integrity and without bias. There must be no unilateral communications as between a Board member and a contracting party, except as permitted under the Dispute Board operating procedures.

Canon 4 – Board Procedures

All Board meetings and hearings must be conducted in accordance with the applicable contract provisions and operating procedures, in a manner that provides procedural fairness to the contracting parties. Dispute Board recommendations and decisions must be made expeditiously on the basis of the provisions of the contract, the applicable law and the information, facts and circumstances submitted by the contracting parties.