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CODE OF PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL CONDUCT
This Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct (the “Code”) sets forth the values, expectations, and standards of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the “HFPA” or “Association”) that are essential to achieving our shared mission and goals. Members of the Association must accept and adhere to this Code, and as members, we all have an obligation to maintain and promote professional and ethical conduct. The HFPA, therefore, will strictly enforce this Code.
Who We Are
The HFPA is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) organization of entertainment journalists who report for international outlets. In 1943, the founding consortium of Los-Angeles based journalists banded together to gain traction in a film industry that, at that time, had not yet realized the importance of international markets and international journalists. Today, we carry forward this founding mission by promoting the importance of film and television in international markets.
The HFPA is committed to furthering the common business interests of entertainment journalists working for international outlets by promoting interest in entertainment media and establishing and maintaining favorable relations and cultural ties between the United States and foreign nations through cinema, television, and other audio and visual recordings. Our member-journalists disseminate information around the world about the cultures, traditions, and experiences in the United States and likewise disseminate information within the United States about foreign cultures, traditions, and experiences.
The HFPA promotes interest in the study of the arts, including specifically by promoting the development of the art forms of motion picture; television; dramatic, musical, and comedy theatre; and audio and visual recording. As part of this effort, the HFPA recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts by conferring annual Awards of Merit, the Golden Globes. The HFPA is also dedicated to philanthropic efforts, which include contributing to non-profits and educational institutions; helping restore historical films; promoting the study of journalism and the arts through scholarship programs; and supporting internship, mentorship, and scholarship programs for underrepresented and otherwise disadvantaged students interested in journalism and the arts.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Our Association was founded under the motto, “Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.” Our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, therefore, stems from the founding of our Association, and this Code of Conduct serves to reinforce, expand, and renew that commitment. We must act with intention to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion not only among our members and within our Association, but we must become leaders within our journalistic and entertainment communities so that we encourage and celebrate the authentic, varied voices, experiences, and viewpoints of those behind and in front of the screen. We will establish and maintain an environment that reflects our global community, empowers members and artists that are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and fosters a culture that respects and values individuals of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, religions, identities, and experiences.