Moving forward with respect and responsibility
Earlier this year, the board and committee chairmen reviewed the Association’s strategic plan. We affirmed NACD’s mission to represent the Industry before Congress and with the regulatory agencies, to uphold and continuously improve our Responsible Distribution® program, and to provide excellent membership value.
The Board and Responsible Distribution Committee have been incorporating ways to improve Responsible Distribution in the Fifth Cycle of verifications, which begins on January 1, 2014 and runs through December 31, 2016. Improvements in this cycle include the new Security Code, expanding verifications through a sampling system and a focus on regulatory compliance as it relates to Responsible Distribution. NACD created a Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider program to provide members with more resources and expertise to help with compliance determinations, implementation, inspections and defense, as necessary. See http://nacd.com/regulatory/providers.aspx for more.
NACD has raised its visibility on Capitol Hill and featured presentations from several key congressmen at the Washington Fly-In and even testified before the subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade of the House Committee on Small Business regarding the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
As we look to the new year, I will be talking to the membership about respect and responsibility. Responsibility for actions is essential, yet can be rare these days. Respect for our employees, customers, suppliers and members is key to the success of our businesses and our Association. Respect, in my opinion, leads to responsibility. I know our industry has worked hard to earn the respect of our constituents and I hope we continue to value its importance in our business and personal lives.
During the next year, we are looking to involve more of our membership in our programs and events. The board and I will provide the leadership and, as always, I encourage you to participate and contribute.