"In addition to achieving excellence in the field of motion picture arts and sciences, members must also behave ethically by upholding the academy's values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity". Please read it here.
According to the letter, Governor and Academy Officer David Rubin led a "task force" of members as they researched and drafted the document after consulting with "professors of ethics, business, philosophy, and law from Georgetown, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Stanford, as well as experts in human resources and sexual harassment".
"Much remains to be done", Hudson writes in the letter.
The task force was created after the Academy also made a decision to expel mega-producer Harvey Weinstein following several allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.
The Television Academy, which produces the Emmys, and Bafta were also involved in the discussions with AMPAS. "The task force will finalise procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously", said Hudson in the letter. A day earlier, the Academy's 54-member board of governors approved the motion.
Academy CEOAcademy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers. The Academy asks that members embrace their responsibility to affirm these principles and act when these principles are violated.
The academy board of governors in October held an emergency meeting to expel Weinstein, once an Oscar kingmaker.
Following his expulsion, the Academy released a statement saying that any member of the group who abuses their power or influence in a questionable or indecent manner will be removed from the Academy without further notice or explanation.
"The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality", it added.
Meanwhile, the new standards state that any member of the Academy who violates the new rules may receive disciplinary action given to them by the board of governors.