It is the mission of the Connecticut Professional Timber Producers Association, Inc. to enhance the image of the Forest Products Profession throughout the state. We recognize the fact that integrity is the cornerstone of trust, and that trust in of itself is something that can only be earned or built through perseverance and persistent adherence to responsibilities and obligations. Furthermore, realizing that an association is nothing more than a sum of the many parts of a whole, and that adherence to a code of ethical responsibilities is only as good as the integrity of the individuals, that to achieve this goal and to promote the image of a responsible, safety-minded professional and the dignity of the organization, we accept a personal obligation to commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct.
CTPTPA, Inc. requires of its members that they be conscientious in their approach to timber production. The CTPTPA, Inc. recognizes that timber harvesting is a difficult business requiring a large investment of time, energy, and money. Giving recognition to this fact and to help promote acceptance of timber harvesting and the forest products industry as a whole by the public and by State and municipal agencies, members of the CTPTPA, Inc. believe and promote professionalism, and in support of this attitude, a Code of Ethics was developed to serve as a guide. Through the improvement and strengthening of the timber producers objectives, CTPTPA, Inc. seeks to improve the community’s understanding of our profession. Thus it impresses upon its members the principles of personal responsibility and the respect for all lands of use, and to inspire them with that feeling of respect and accomplishment. It is a professional organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement that timber producers may forgather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary work of education, of policies of safety, and for the continued use of the forest lands. It is educational in that it teaches by prescribed laws and a system of morality, honesty, and a high degree of professionalism.
Primarily, The Code of Ethics and any supplemented guidelines are intended to serve as a basis for ethical decision making in the conduct of professional work. Questions relating to ethical conflicts within the association can be best answered by thoughtful consideration of fundamental principles, rather than reliance on detailed regulations, therefore they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations. Secondly, they may serve as a basis for judging the merit of a formal complaint of violation.
Revised Version Approved August 22, 2007.