IABC Launches Updated Code of Ethics
IABC ratified its new Code of Ethics during the 2016 Annual General Meeting at this year’s World Conference. Members meet the highest professional standards by following this code, which serves as a guide to making consistent, responsible, ethical and legal choices in all of our communications.
IABC’s Code of Ethics
- I am honest – my actions bring respect for and trust in the communications profession.
- I communicate accurate information and promptly correct any errors.
- I obey laws and public policies; if I violate any law or public policy, I act promptly to correct the situation.
- I protect confidential information while acting within the law.
- I support the ideals of free speech, freedom of assembly, and access to an open marketplace of ideas.
- I am sensitive to others’ cultural values and beliefs.
- I give credit to others for their work and cite my sources.
- I do not use confidential information for personal benefit.
- I do not represent conflicting or competing interests without full disclosure and the written consent of those involved.
- I do not accept undisclosed gifts or payments for professional services from anyone other than a client or employer.
- I do not guarantee results that are beyond my power to deliver.
As part of the membership application and renewal processes, members signed a statement affirming they have reviewed and understand the IABC Code of Ethics for Professional Communicators.