Virginia 1st is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing homeland security and emergency management issues affecting financial institutions. Our organization works together with various government agencies as strategic partners.

Through a coordinated response effort the organization seeks to increase the resilience of Virginia's financial community in the event of a local or regional disaster.

Vision Statement

Virginia 1st is Virginia's financial industry business continuity planning coalition, comprised of volunteers organized to:

  • Address Homeland Security issues affecting the financial industry in Virginia.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with City, County, State and Federal Agencies as well as private industries which have an impact on business continuity.

  • Enhance the financial industrys capability to plan for,respond to, and recover from disastrous situations.

Code of Ethics

Virginia 1st sets forth this Code of Ethics to guide the conduct of its members in activities and duties association with Virginia 1st.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of each Virginia 1st member to:

  • Support the Mission, Goals and Objectives as set forth by Virginia 1st and abide by the organization Bylaws.

  • Contribute to Virginia 1st and to the resiliency of its members, their customers, the community, the financial sector, and the local economy in the event of a regional crisis.

  • Maintain high standards of professional conduct and do not engage in acts discreditable to Virginia 1st or to its members.

  • Honor and respect the privacy and confidentiality of sensitive and/or proprietary information learned and/or exchanged through Virginia 1 st unless authorized or disclosure is required by law.

  • Give proper credit for intellectual property exchanged through Virginia 1st and honor property rights including copyrights and/or patents for its members, participants, and/or sponsors.

  • Strive to achieve the highest effectiveness and dignity in performing Virginia 1st business activities.

  • Promote the ongoing protection and advancement of critical infrastructure/key resource program initiatives of the United States of America.

  • Collaborate with other Virginia 1st members in the interchange of knowledge and ideas for mutual protection.

  • Not withhold or be a party to withholding information that is deemed crucial in performing response or preparation activities in coordination with public sector first response agencies in time of crisis.

  • Not solicit or promote the sale of products or services to other Virginia 1st members without prior written approval from Virginia 1st. Use of Virginia 1st membership list for solicitation purposes must be approved by 2/3 vote of Board of Directors.

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