About TIEMS

The International Emergency Management Society

TIEMS is a global organisation with members from all over the world and is addressing main emergency and and disaster management issues, among others by particiapting in research & development projects and other activities. As such TIEMS needs to be fully transparent and ethical in all its doings by its directors officers and members, and therefore TIEMS Board of Directors have developed and approved a Code of Conduct for TIEMS. The present Code of Conduct is in respect to implications of commissioned work. However, a more comprehensive Code of Conduct will be developed in the near future.

 Code of Conduct for TIEMS

(In respect to Implications of Commissioned Work)

  • All activities of TIEMS, its organs, its subordinate structures, and its individual members are governed by the principles that the Humanitarian Imperative comes first, and that in the work of TIEMS there shall be no distinction or discrimination whatsoever in respect to nationality, race, or creed of any TIEMS member or outside partner.
  • The TIEMS Code of Conduct is based on the TIEMS I.V.Z.W. bylaws of 20 March 2006, in particular on the principles defined in their Article 3 and on the definitions as per their Article 12.
  • All individual members of TIEMS, its organs, its subordinate structures, and individual members thereof are under the obligation to observe this Code of Conduct whenever conducting the business of TIEMS or of a any subordinate structure thereof, conducting the business of the TIEMS office to which the person has been elected or appointed, or acting as a representative of TIEMS.
  • In addition to the present TIEMS Code of Conduct, any TIEMS Department can adopt an own Code of Conduct; such a code can expand but not overrule the rules of the TIEMS Code of Conduct and needs to be submitted to the TIEMS board for approval.
  • In consultation with a Department, the TIEMS board can adopt specific         housekeeping rules as a "set of rules" in the sense of Article 12.4 of the TIEMS bylaws.
  • A TIEMS member can accept compensation in connection with work commissioned to TIEMS or to one or more of its subordinate structures, such as but not limited to activities in connection with projects carried out completely or in part by TIEMS, only with the previous approval of the board and based on a contract between the parties involved. Any such compensation is to be disclosed to the TIEMS membership in the annual report to the General Assembly defined in Article 7 of the TIEMS I.V.Z.W. bylaws.
  • TIEMS Departments are under obligation of bringing to the attention of the TIEMS board any offer for participation in paid research or similar projects they receive. The TIEMS board has the obligation, to bring such offers to the attention of all members through publication in an appropriate form, publication on the TIEMS web site being considered as the minimum requirement for such publication.
  • A Department without an own competent governing body can accept compensation only with previous approval by the TIEMS board.
  • TIEMS members or Departments wishing to offer their services in the context of a project in the sense of the above paragraph 8 submit their application to the TIEMS board, which decides with simple majority about acceptance of the offer and about the response to the party offering the contract. An individual TIEMS member wishing to offer or accept paid services in the above context is not allowed to participate in the decision on the awarding of the respective project.
  • TIEMS and any of its Departments can apply for and accept Government    subsidies, for which they might be eligible, provided such resources are to be  used exclusively for the implementation of the social aims and for carrying out activities as defined in Article 3 of the TIEMS bylaws.
  • TIEMS and its Departments can offer sponsoring opportunities in the context of their events or publications. Resulting benefits will be used by the entity responsible for the respective activity to cover expenses directly related to the activity providing the sponsoring opportunity; in the case of TIEMS activities carried out by a Department, the regulations to be outlined in an agreement between TIEMS and the Department covering the respective activity shall apply.
  • A member of TIEMS or of one of its organs or subordinate structures is not under any circumstance allowed to use his or her position as a member improperly to secure an advantage for himself or herself or for any other person.