Ethical Code of Conduct

As a Certified Life & Executive Coach and Professional Corporate Trainer, I follow and meet the Ethical Code of Conduct for Coaches. My work as a Coach comes from a set of ethics and principles that both my clients and I can depend on. And I am able to apply these ethical principles in my coaching relationships.

Section IResponsibility to Clients
As a Personal Coach and Professional Corporate Trainer, I:
  1. Explain and ensure that, prior to or at the initial meeting, my coaching Client(s) and Sponsor(s) understand the nature and potential value of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any other terms of the coaching agreement.
  2. Create an agreement/contract regarding the roles, responsibilities and rights of all parties involved with my Client(s) prior to the commencement of services.
  3. Maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all parties as agreed upon. I am aware of and agree to comply with all applicable laws that pertain to personal data and communications.
  4. Have a clear understanding of how information is exchanged among all parties involved during all coaching interactions.
  5. Have a clear understanding with both Clients and Sponsors or interested parties about the conditions under which information will not be kept confidential (e.g., illegal activity, if required by law, pursuant to valid court order or subpoena; imminent or likely risk of danger to self or to others; etc.). Where I reasonably believe one of the above circumstances is applicable, I may need to inform the appropriate authorities.
  6. When working as a Coach, I manage conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest with my coaching clients(s) through coaching agreement(s) and ongoing dialogue. This includes addressing organisational roles, responsibilities, relationships, records, confidentiality and other reporting requirements.
  7. Maintain, store and dispose of any records, including electronic files and communications, created during my professional interactions in a manner that promotes confidentiality, security and privacy and complies with any applicable laws and agreements. Furthermore, I seek to make proper use of emerging and growing technological developments that are being used in coaching services (technology-assisted coaching services) and be aware of how various ethical standards apply to them.
  8. Remain alert to indications that there might be a shift in the value received from the coaching relationship. If so, I make a change in the relationship or encourage the Client(s) to seek another coach, seek another professional or use a different resource.
  9. Respect all parties’ right to terminate the coaching relationship at any point for any reason during the coaching process, subject to the provisions of the agreement.
  10. Am sensitive to the implications of having multiple contracts and relationships with the same Client(s) at the same time in order to avoid conflict of interest situations.
  11. Am aware of and actively manage any power or status difference between the Client and me that may be caused by cultural, relational, psychological or contextual issues.
  12. Disclose to my Clients the potential receipt of compensation and other benefits I may receive for referring my Clients to third parties.
  13. Assure consistent quality of coaching regardless of the amount or form of agreed compensation in any relationship.
Section II—Responsibility to Practice and Performance
As a Personal Coach and Professional Corporate Trainer, I:
  1. Adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics in all my interactions. When I become aware of a possible breach of the Code by myself, or I recognise unethical behaviour in another Coach, I respectfully raise the matter with those involved. If this does not resolve the matter, I refer it to a formal authority for resolution.
  2. Require adherence to the ICF Code of Ethics by all Support Personnel.
  3. Commit to excellence through continued personal, professional and ethical development.
  4. Recognise my personal limitations or circumstances that may impair, conflict with or interfere with my coaching performance or my professional coaching relationships. I will reach out for support to determine the action to be taken and, if necessary, promptly seek relevant professional guidance. This may include suspending or terminating my coaching relationship(s).
  5. Resolve any conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest by working through the issue with relevant parties, seeking professional assistance, or suspending temporarily or ending the professional relationship.
Section III—Responsibility to Professionalism
As a Personal Coach and Professional Corporate Trainer, I:
  1. Adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics in all my interactions. When I become aware of a possible breach of the Code by myself, or I recognise unethical behaviour in another Coach, I respectfully raise the matter with those involved. If this does not resolve the matter, I refer it to a formal authority for resolution.
  2. Require adherence to the ICF Code of Ethics by all Support Personnel.
  3. Commit to excellence through continued personal, professional and ethical development.
  4. Recognise my personal limitations or circumstances that may impair, conflict with or interfere with my coaching performance or my professional coaching relationships. I will reach out for support to determine the action to be taken and, if necessary, promptly seek relevant professional guidance. This may include suspending or terminating my coaching relationship(s).
  5. Resolve any conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest by working through the issue with relevant parties, seeking professional assistance, or suspending temporarily or ending the professional relationship.
Section IV—Responsibility to Society
As a Personal Coach and Professional Corporate Trainer, I:
  1. Avoid discrimination by maintaining fairness and equality in all activities and operations while respecting local rules and cultural practices. This includes but is not limited to discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability or military status.
  2. Recognise and honour the contributions and intellectual property of others, only claiming ownership of my own material. I understand that a breach of this standard may subject me to legal remedy by a third party.
  3. Am honest and work within recognised scientific standards, applicable subject guidelines and boundaries of my competence when conducting and reporting research.
  4. Am aware of my and my clients’ impact on society. I adhere to the philosophy of “doing good” versus “avoiding bad.”

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