by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2007

chartMany areas of a planner’s job can be subjected to a moral compass, including the acceptance of familiarization trips and gifts. To gauge where our readers stand on such issues, M&C conducted an online survey in January.

Among findings: Most planners (72 percent of the 492 respondents) work for organizations that have an ethics policy (and 80 percent are very or somewhat familiar with it), while 21 percent have no policy and 7 percent don’t know if such a thing exists. Fifty-six percent said the policy is enforced strictly companywide, while 16 percent said it is enforced rarely; the other 28 percent said enforcement depends on the department or manager.

More than half (59 percent) take fam trips, and only 8 percent have taken a trip to a destination they would not have considered for as a meeting site.

chartConcerning other perks, about a quarter of those surveyed are allowed to accept any gift proffered, while 41 percent may take gifts valued at $50 or less and 10 percent may accept gifts valued at $100 or less. Another quarter of respondents cannot accept any gifts.

As for dining with suppliers, 55 percent of the sample may accept any invitation, while 18 percent may attend only parties or client events, not one-on-one dinners. Six percent cannot accept any invitations at all; for 21 percent, their companies have no set policy.

About half of respondents are allowed to accept meeting planner points, while 21 percent cannot and 27 percent said there is no set policy. Those points might be redeemed by individual planners (39 percent), the department as a group (14 percent), the department head or boss (8 percent), or used for a future event (57 percent).




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