Code of Ethics
At Touch of Gold, we believe in a Village model of care. We subscribe to the ideal that we are collectively responsible for the impact we have on everyone we encounter and for all of us to live better lives we must do so together.
As such we strive for the highest standards of honesty in all interactions, competence within our professions, transparency in our business practices, objectivity in our assessments, and confidentiality for our clients.
We are committed to:
•Seeking and providing equitable treatment for minority women in all aspects of motherhood; including, but not limited to, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding care.
•Ensuring all women of color receive the support, advocacy, and information they need regardless of their economic ability or social status.
•Acting with integrity in all our interactions internally and in the community.
•Treating every individual with dignity and respect.
•Offering fairness and good faith toward any person associated with our organization.
•Providing conditions of employment that safeguard individual rights and welfare.
•Upholding both the spirit and the letter of the law governing nonprofit organizations and any regulated services provided by our organization.
•Acting responsibly toward the communities in which we work and for the benefit of the communities that we serve; and
•Being transparent and accountable for all our actions.
Conflicts of Interest Policy
Touch of Gold recognizes that its Board of Directors and other associated persons have varied interests and participate in charitable, business, and community activities. The broader the individual’s experience, the more valuable the Director or staff member is to the organization. Occasionally, however, a board or staff member may serve as an officer, staff member, director, trustee, or consultant to an organization under consideration for partnership in activities, fundraising, or referral. Situations also may arise where a board or staff member’s business or personal interests may be affected by a decision from our organization.
In all such cases, we understand that the potential for conflict of interest needs to be recognized, disclosed, and appropriate steps are taken to prevent influence or favoritism by any board member or employee in the organization’s decision. To that end, board and staff members annually complete a conflict-of-interest disclosure statement that is permanently kept on file.
Our mission is the total person wellness of women on the journey of motherhood. However, it is not our position or responsibility to define what this role looks like for others. While our primary focus is that of African American communities and others within the African Diaspora, Touch of Gold does not and shall not discriminate on who we care for on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Touch of Gold is also an equal opportunity employer. We do not and will not discriminate and will take measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
In addition to the agreed-upon Code of Ethics for this organization, Touch of Gold Lactation Counselors also abide by the ethics and standards outlined by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practices
(ALPP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Lactation Counselors are also committed to operating within the specified Scope of Practice outlined by the ALPP.