The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) is a non-profit organization that has safeguarded and promoted the interests of its members since 1908. Its mission is to inform, educate and provide leadership on issues which affect the worldwide water and wastewater equipment industry.
WWEMA members supply the most sophisticated leading products and technology, offering solutions to every water-related environmental problem and need facing today's society.
WWEMA's leadership has identified the following primary objectives for the association's advocacy efforts:
- promoting value-based procurement;
- defending fair and open trade;
- supporting sustainable infrastructure financing;
- developing scientifically based, technologically achievable environmental regulations; and
- advancing a holistic approach toward stewardship of the water environment.
Headquartered in the nation's capital, WWEMA works closely with Congress and other regulatory agencies, monitoring legislative actions, testifying before congressional committees, and advocating for adequate funding to meet environmental goals. WWEMA provides a vital link between its members and governmental and private trade organizations, banking systems and utilities worldwide. Its resources are dedicated to:
- providing programs and services that will increase business opportunities and enhance corporate effectiveness;
- advancing the lawful interests of the members on public policy issues that may affect their domestic and international business environment;
- developing and strengthening working alliances with other organizations within the industry to further common objectives and protect the members' interests;
- promoting the image and capabilities of WWEMA and its manufacturers as a vital resource to the water and wastewater industry; and
- assuring the financial integrity and viability of WWEMA.
The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) and its member companies voluntarily pledge to conduct themselves according to the highest professional standards and laws of society.
- We shall strive to provide products and services of quality and value.
- We shall conduct our business with honesty and integrity.
- We shall make truthful representations as to the performance of our products.
- We shall work to maintain our professional skills – and those of our employees – at the state of the art.
- And we shall hold paramount the health and safety of the public in the performance of our business.
Adopted by the WWEMA Board of Directors on May 6, 1991 in Washington, DC
The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) is a trade association whose purpose is to promote the common interests of its members and the water and wastewater industry at large, when such interests do not conflict with the common good. WWEMA is not intended to become involved, and it will not become involved, in the competitive decisions of its member companies; nor will it take action that would tend to restrain competition in the water and wastewater equipment industry.
Nevertheless, it is recognized by the Board of Directors of WWEMA that its activities could be regarded by some as a forum of opportunity to promote anti-competitive conduct. For this reason, the Board of Directors has taken this occasion, through this Statement of Policy, to make clear its unequivocal support for the policy of competition served by the antitrust laws, as well as its uncompromising intent to comply strictly in all respects with those laws.
To that end, the following will not be discussed at meetings:
- Current or future prices,
- What constitutes a “fair” profit level.
- Possible increases or decreases in prices.
- Standardization or stabilization of prices.
- Pricing procedures.
- Cash Discounts.
- Credit terms.
- Control of sales.
- Allocation of markets or geographical division of markets.
- Refusal to deal with a corporation because of its pricing or distribution practices.
- Whether or not the pricing practices of any industry member are unethical or constitute an unfair trade practice.
- Plans to bid or refrain from bidding or submit pricing to bidders on future public projects.
Compliance with these guidelines involves not only avoidance of antitrust violation, but avoidance of any behavior which might be considered improper. Antitrust laws are complex and far reaching. This statement is not a complete summary of all applicable laws. It is intended to highlight and emphasize certain basic precautions designed to avoid antitrust problems. In case of doubt, seek the guidance of staff, management or the organization’s counsel or your own corporate counsel should antitrust questions arise.
Dawn Kristof Champney, President
Linda Budzinski, Director of Membership and Marketing
Sharon L. Nye, Research Assistant
Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 17402
Washington, D.C. 20041
Tel: 703.444.1777 Fax: 703.444.1779