Pledge of Ethics
a professional coach, I acknowledge and honor my ethical obligations
to my coaching clients and colleagues and to the public at large.
I pledge to comply with ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct, to treat
people with dignity as free and equal human beings, and to model
these standards with those whom I coach. If I breach this Pledge
of Ethics or any ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct, I agree that
the ICF in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing.
I further agree that ICF's holding me accountable for my breach
may include loss of my ICF membership or my ICF certification.
Standards of Ethical Conduct
will conduct myself in a manner that reflects well on coaching
as a profession and I will refrain from doing anything that harms
the public's understanding or acceptance of coaching as a profession.
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.
will, at the beginning of each coaching relationship, ensure that
my coaching client understands the terms of the coaching agreement
will not claim or imply outcomes that I cannot guarantee.
will respect the confidentiality of my client's information, except
as otherwise authorized by my client, or as required by law.
will obtain permission from each of my clients before releasing
their names as clients or references.
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 and, at that time, I will
encourage my client to make that change.
will avoid conflicts between my interests and the interests of
the potential for a conflict of interest arises, I will, on a
timely basis, discuss the conflict with my client to reach informed
agreement with my client on how to deal with it in whatever way
best serves my client.
will, on a timely basis, disclose to my client all compensation
from third parties that I may receive for referrals of, or advice
given to, that client.
will honor every term of agreements I make with my clients and,
if separate, with whoever compensates me for the coaching of my
will not give my clients or any prospective clients information
or advice I know to be confidential, misleading or beyond my competence.
will acknowledge the work and contributions of others; I will
respect copyrights, trademarks and intellectual property rights
and I will comply with applicable laws and my agreements concerning
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 ICF Committee.
will coach in a manner compatible with the ICF Definition of Coaching
and, whenever asked by my clients about my ethical standards,
I will inform them of my pledge and agreement to comply with the
ICF Pledge of Ethics and ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct.