The Code of Ethics shall be the basis of conduct, business principles and ideals for the members of the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen; and it shall be understood that conduct of any member of the Association inconsistent with the provisions set forth in this Article shall be considered unethical and said individual’s membership status shall be subject to the review and appropriate action of the Executive Committee.
In the area of human endeavor involving trading under competitive conditions, ethical standards for fair and honest dealing can be made increasingly meaningful by an association organized and dedicated not only to the definition, maintenance and enforcement of such standards, but to the improvement and education of its members. Such is the objective of the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen and such is its public trust.
It shall be the duty of the landman at all times to promote and, in a fair and honest manner, represent the industry to the public at large with the view of establishing and maintaining good will between the industry and the public.
The landman, in his dealings with landowners and others outside the industry, shall conduct himself in a manner consistent with fairness and honesty, such as to maintain the respect of the public.
Competition shall be kept at a high level with careful adherence to established rules of honesty and courtesy. A landman shall not betray his employer’s (or client’s) trust by directly turning confidential information to personal gain.
The landman shall exercise the utmost good faith and loyalty to his employer (or client) and shall not act adversely or engage in any enterprise in conflict with the interest of his employer (or client).
The land man shall represent to others his area of expertise and shall not represent himself to be skilled in professional areas in which he is not professionally qualified.