BGC Board of Directors Nomination Process

 

The Board for Global EHS Credentialing is recognized worldwide for establishing and administering credentials that elevate the technical and ethical standards for professionals who practice the science of evaluating, protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment.

The Board of Directors is comprised of twelve Diplomates (BGC certificate holders) for four-year terms and one public member for a two-year term. The goal of Board composition is to have a broad representation from the professional community. Two to three new Board members are selected each year.

 

The Board meets face-to-face, for one to two days, three times per year (February, usually during the AIHce, and October). The meetings are usually held on a weekend to avoid conflict with work. Expenses related to Board travel are covered by BGC.  Monthly conference calls are scheduled to also conduct business and monitor progress.

The BGC is a 501(c)6 non-profit corporation. The Board of Directors has fiduciary responsibility for the work of the organization. In addition, Board members must not engage in actions that may constitute an actual, apparent, or potential conflict of interest with the mission and activities of BGC and will disclose to BGC any such conflicts of interest and any business, financial, or organizational interests and affiliations, which are or could be construed to be a conflict of interest. Board members agree to resolve any conflicts of interest or recuse themselves from deliberations or voting on any matter with respect to which they have an actual or potential conflict of interest. (See Note, below.)

BGC maintains Directors and Officers liability insurance. Because of the nature of the Board’s work, Directors are expected to abide by the BGC’s Code of Ethics, Governing Documents, Policies, and Procedures, and are expected to sign a Confidentiality/Conflict of interest statement.

Additional information on the BGC can be found here on our website or by contacting the BGC Nominations Committee.

We invite you to join this group of committed EHS professionals by submitting a nomination form for consideration and your resume or curriculum vitae.

Click here for the BGC Nomination Form.

Email the completed Nomination Form along with your Resume or Curriculum Vitae to nominationscommittee@gobgc.org.

2024 Timetable

June 15th Deadline for qualified and interested candidates to submit a Nomination Packet
June 30th-July 2nd Staff verifies that packets are complete and sends acknowledgments to candidates
July-September Board Selection Committee reviews all candidates. Interviews and recommends final nominees to the full Board
September New Directors elected at the September Board Meeting (held via conference call). Staff notifies candidates of election results
October New Directors attend and observe at BGC Fall Board Meeting
October-December New Director orientation sessions (conducted via webinar)
January 1, 2025 New Directors begin their four-year terms of office

NOTE: The following language on conflict of interest is taken from the December 2021 Governing Policies of the BGC Board of Directors 3.6, 1-8, Board Members’ Code of Conduct.

3.6 Board Members’ Code of Conduct

The Board expects of itself and its members ethical, businesslike, and lawful conduct, including proper use of
authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members.

  1. Board members must demonstrate loyalty to the interests of current and future Certificants,
    superseding any conflicting loyalties to, family members, advocacy, or interest groups, staff, or other
    organizations, or of any personal interest as a consumer of BGC’s services.
  2. Board members are to discharge their duties honestly and in good faith. Board members shall
    exercise the degree of care, diligence, and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in
    similar circumstances.
  3. Board Members must avoid conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibilities and
    also take into consideration potential for an appearance of conflict of interest.
    1. There will be no self-dealing or business by a Board member with the staff organization,
      except as procedurally controlled to assure openness, competitive opportunity, and equal
      access to inside information.
    2. Board members will annually complete a form disclosing their involvement with other
      organizations, with vendors, or any other affiliations that might be, or might reasonably be,
      seen as being a conflict of interest. Board members will promptly update their disclosures if,
      during the year, a material change in circumstances should occur.
    3. When the Board is to decide upon an issue about which a member has an actual or potential
      conflict of interest, that member shall disclose the conflict to the Board, recuse themselves,
      and not participate in discussions, deliberations, or votes related to the issue.
    4. Board members will not use their Board position to obtain staff employment for themselves,
      family members, or close associates. Board members shall resign from the Board prior to
      applying for a staff position with BGC.
    5. Except for expenses related to BGC-authorized travel, Board members will not purchase
      products or services on behalf of BGC for reimbursement without the written consent of the
      CEO.
    6. Board members, during their term in office, may not be directly affiliated with a course,
      activity, or material advertised or construed to be an exam preparatory course intended
      specifically for certification by BGC.
      1. Promoting ways to prepare to be successful on the exam is acceptable.
      2. Teaching academic or continuing education courses designed to prepare individuals
        for practice is permitted.
  4. Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization.
    1. Board members’ interaction with the CEO or with staff must reflect the Board and not as an
      individual, except when explicitly Board authorized.
    2. Board members’ interaction with any external entity regarding BGC, including public or
      media, reflects the Board.
      1. Board members are not to speak for the CEO or for the Board. Board member
        communications shall be done in accordance with the Communication policy found
        in the Communication section of this policy manual.
      2. In accordance with the Board Communication policy Board members will not
        publicly express individual judgments of performance of employees or the CEO.
  5. Board members will respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature.
  6. A Board member aware of credible information that suggests that a Board policy has been violated,
    by either a Board member, CEO, or BGC staff, has an affirmative obligation to bring the concern to
    the Board’s agenda.
  7. A Board member who is aware of credible information that another board member, a staff member,
    or an individual working on behalf of BGC has caused or allowed any practice, activity, decision, or
    organizational circumstance that is unlawful, imprudent, or in violation of commonly accepted
    business practices or professional ethics must report that information to the Board within five
    business days and, if unlawful activity is suspected, notify an appropriate civil authority. The Board
    will investigate the alleged misconduct and, following the conclusion of the investigation, the Board
    will notify the Board member of how it was addressed. (Please refer to the Procedure for Reporting
    Allegations of Misconduct.)
  8. Board members will support the legitimacy and authority of the final determination of the Board on
    any matter, irrespective of the member’s personal position on the issue.