Code of Ethics
Why have a Code of Ethics? (adapted from The Ethics Resource Center )
A code of ethics is intended to be a central guide and reference for our company in support of day-to-day decision making. It's meant to clarify an our mission, values, and principles, linking them with standards of professional conduct. A code is an open disclosure of the way we operate, providing visible guidelines for behavior. A code is also a tool to encourage discussions of ethics and to improve how we deal with the ethical dilemmas, prejudices, and gray areas that are encountered in our everyday work. A code is meant to complement relevant standards, policies and rules, not to substitute for them.
Our Code of Ethics
We, as Consultants and Trainers, serve as guides to the information world for our clients. We strive to uphold the following ethical standards and bear the following responsibilities:
- Conduct our work in an ethical manner so that we merit the confidence of colleagues, clients, and the public.
- Seek to extend public knowledge and appreciation of the consulting profession and its achievements.
- Avoid misrepresenting our skills or experience.
- Abide by all applicable international, federal, state, and local laws with regard to the operation of our businesses.
- Avoid engaging in contracts that are in violation of the law or that might reasonably be used by a client to violate the law.
- Safeguard any confidential information or documents entrusted to us and not divulge any confidential information without the consent of the client.
- Honor intellectual property rights and explain to clients what their obligations may be.
- Only use, install, or support fully licensed software.
- Complete all services for a client in a professional and timely manner.
- Comply with clients' established business practices, including those policies relating to gifts and gratuities to client employees.
- Strive to avoid improprieties, as well as the appearance of improprieties.
- Always show respect for clients, consultants, and competitors.
- Protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public and speak out against abuses in these areas affecting the public interest.
- Offer equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin.
- Encourage colleagues and co-workers to act in accordance with this code and support them when they do.
- In all circumstances, use our best judgment.