CODE OF ETHICS & CONDUCT

I believe consulting should adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and respect for individual clients and groups. This Code affirms the importance of accountability, fairness, confidentiality, and responsibilities:

Accountability

As a consultant, I am accountable for my actions toward my clients, groups, and the public, and I will:

  • Conduct myself in a positive, respectful manner on a consistent basis
  • Uphold the law and abide legal considerations at all times
  • Always accept responsibility for my decisions and actions
  • Be honest and speak the truth
  • Disclose any potential conflicts of interest with clients or organizations
  • Strive to improve my abilities through ongoing education, professional counseling and training, and other relevant associations

 

Fairness

As a consultant, I recognize that all human beings are deserving of respect, and I will:

  • Treat all individuals equally and with dignity, without regard to race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability
  • Encourage clients to utilize services or tools from other sources if it would best serve the needs of the client
  • If necessary, terminate relationships with compassion and dignity

 

Confidentiality

As a consultant, the trust clients place in me is of utmost importance, and I will:

  • Maintain client confidentiality, unless prohibited by law
  • Honor my client’s privacy, and will not share any information from client consultations, unless agreed to in writing by the client

 

Responsibilities

As a consultant, I am responsible to my clients, groups, myself, and the public, and I will:

  • Assess individuals and groups through an evaluation of needs
  • Only undertake client projects if I believe I can successfully assist their business needs
  • Assure that all client records are safely and accurately recorded, stored, and maintained
  • Remain aware of any conflicts that may arise and use my training and skills to diffuse any potential discrimination or harmful acts among clients
  • Maintain and honor the boundaries of a client relationship
  • Refrain from biases and making judgements of any individuals
  • To the best of my ability, will operate my business with minimal impacts on the environment
  • Ensure that any sub-contractors I may use to assist the client uphold these same standards
  • Keep apprised of any legal or statutory updates and required for business operations

 

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Adapted from the Society of Professional Journalists (www.spj.org), with appreciation to SPJ past president and professor Fred Brown