Personal Code of Professional Ethics
The governing standard for my behavior will be the ICF (International Coaching Federation) Standards of Ethical Conduct.These will be enhanced by my own values, and personal philosophy which govern my behavior on a day to day basis:
I will conduct myself in a manner that reflects well on coaching as a profession and I will refrain doing anything that harms the publics understanding or acceptance of coaching as a profession.
I will identify my level of coaching competence to the best of my ability and I will not overstate my qualifications, expertise, or experience as a coach.
I will, at the beginning of each coaching relationship, ensure that my coaching client understands the terms of the coaching agreement between us.
I will not claim or imply outcomes that I cannot guarantee.
I will respect the confidentiality of my client's information, except as otherwise authorized by my client, or as required by law.
I will obtain permission of my clients before releasing their names as clients or references.
I will be alert to noticing when my client is no longer benefiting from our coaching relationship and thus would be better served by another coach or by another resource, at that time, I will encourage my client to make the change.
I will avoid conflicts between my interests and the interest of my clients.
Whenever the potential for conflict of interest arises, I will, on a timely basis, discuss the conflict with my client to reach an informed agreement with my client on how to deal with it in whatever way best serves my client.
I will , on a timely basis, disclose to my client all compensation for third parties that I may receive for referrals of, or advice given to, that client.
I will honour every term of agreements I make with my clients and, if separate, with whomever compensates me for the coaching of my clients.
I will not give my clients or any prospective clients information or advice I know to be confidential, misleading,or beyond my confidence.
I will acknowledge the work and contributions of others; and I will respect copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property rights and I will comply with the applicable laws and my agreements concerning these rights.
I will use ICF membership lists only in the manner and to the extent that I'm so authorized by the ICF or the applicable ICF Chapter or CF Committee.
I have a moral and ethical responsibility to utilize my knowledge and experience in such a manner that if I recognize an individual is heading in a direction which could cause them hardship I will point it out.
I will not coach in an environment that does not respect human life, and if I find myself in such a position I will advise my client that another coach will have to be engaged.