Business Ethics and Conduct

The Clean Umiaq is UIC’s Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. A Clean Umiaq is what UIC and its Board of Directors, officers, and employees strive to be; and what we expect of everyone with whom we do business.

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As spring nears, the bowhead whales prepare for their journey north and east. They travel from what is now called the Bering sea, through the Bering straits, into the Chukchi sea, and finally arrive at the Beaufort sea. Along the way, the bowheads meet hunters waiting with their umiaqs – skin-covered boats. Some of the boats appear light and clean, pleasing to the eye.

If a bowhead wishes to give itself to a whaling crew, it must surface by a clean umiaq. These belong to respectful people; people who are considerate of others, who share their catch with widows, orphans, the old, and all those who could not hunt for themselves. They are honest. They treat other people, and all animals with respect. These are the hunters to whom whales want to give themselves.