Ethical Statement

As coaches we will at all times behave in accordance with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics as follows:

Professional Conduct At Large

  1. We will conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects positively upon the coaching profession and refrain from engaging in conduct or making statements that may negatively impact the public's understanding or acceptance of coaching as a profession.
  2. We will not knowingly make any public statements that are untrue or misleading, or make false claims in any written documents relating to the coaching profession.
  3. We will respect different approaches to coaching. We will honour the efforts and contributions of others and not misrepresent them as our own.
  4. We will be aware of any issues that may potentially lead to the misuse of our influence by recognising the nature of coaching and the way in which it may affect the lives of others.
  5. We will at all times strive to recognise personal issues that may impair, conflict or interfere with our coaching performance or our professional relationships. Whenever the facts and circumstances necessitate, we will promptly seek professional assistance and determine the action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate our coaching relationship(s).
  6. As a trainer or supervisor of current and potential coaches, we will conduct ourselves in accordance with the ICF Code of Ethics in all training and supervisory situations.
  7. We will conduct and report research with competence, honesty and within recognised scientific standards. Our research will be carried out with the necessary approval or consent from those involved, and with an approach that will reasonably protect participants from any potential harm. All research efforts will be performed in a manner that complies with the laws of the country in which the research is conducted.
  8. We will accurately create, maintain, store and dispose of any records of work done in relation to the practice of coaching in a way that promotes confidentiality and complies with any applicable laws.
  9. Professional Conduct With Clients

  10. We will be responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern any physical contact that we may have with our clients.
  11. We will not become sexually involved with any of our clients.
  12. We will construct clear agreements with our clients, and will honour all agreements made in the context of professional coaching relationships.
  13. We will ensure that, prior to or at the initial session, our coaching clients understand the nature of coaching, the bounds of confidentiality, financial arrangements and other terms of the coaching agreement.
  14. We will accurately identify our qualifications, expertise and experience as a coach.
  15. We will not intentionally mislead or make false claims about what our client will receive from the coaching process or from us as their coach.
  16. We will not give our clients or prospective clients information or advice we know or believe to be misleading.
  17. We will not knowingly exploit any aspect of the coach-client relationship for our personal, professional or monetary advantage or benefit.
  18. We will respect the client's right to terminate coaching at any point during the process. We will be alert to indications that the client is no longer benefiting from our coaching relationship.
  19. If we believe the client would be better served by another coach, or by another resource, we will encourage the client to make a change.
  20. We will suggest that our clients seek the services of other professionals when deemed appropriate or necessary.
  21. We will take all reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authorities in the event a client discloses an intention to endanger self or others.
  22. Confidentiality/Privacy

  23. We will respect the confidentiality of our client's information, except as otherwise authorised by our client, or as required by law.
  24. We will obtain agreement from our clients before releasing their names as clients or references, or any other client identifying information.
  25. We will obtain agreement from the person being coached before releasing information to another person compensating me.
  26. Conflicts of Interest

  27. We will seek to avoid conflicts between our interests and the interests of our clients.
  28. Whenever any actual conflict of interest or the potential for a conflict of interest arises, we will openly disclose it and fully discuss with our client how to deal with it in whatever way best serves our client.
  29. We will disclose to our client all anticipated compensation from third parties that we may receive for referrals of that client.
  30. We will only barter for services, goods or other non-monetary remuneration when it will not impair the coaching relationship.