All IMC USA members pledge in writing to abide by the
Institute’s Code of Ethics. Their adherence to the Code signifies
voluntary assumption of self-discipline above and beyond the
requirements of law. Key provisions of the Code specify:
- Members will serve their clients with integrity, competence, and
objectivity, using a professional approach at all times, and placing
the best interests of the client above all others.
- Members will establish realistic expectations of the benefits and
results of their services.
- Members will treat all client information that is not public
knowledge as confidential, will prevent it from access by unauthorized
people, and will not take advantage of proprietary or privileged
information, either for use by them, their firm or another client,
without the client’s permission.
- Members will avoid conflicts of interest, or the appearance of
such, and will disclose to a client any circumstances or interests
that might influence their judgment and objectivity.
- Members will refrain from inviting an employee of an active or
inactive client to consider alternative employment without prior
discussion with the client.
- Members will only accept assignments which they possess the
expertise to perform, and will only assign staff with the requisite
- Members will ensure that before accepting any engagement, a mutual
understanding of the objectives, scope, work plan, and fee
arrangements has been established.
- Members will offer to withdraw from a consulting engagement when
their objectivity or integrity may be impaired.
- Members will agree in advance with a client on the basis for fees
and expenses, and will charge fees and expenses that are reasonable,
legitimate and commensurate with the services delivered and the
- Members will disclose to their clients in advance any fees or
commissions that they receive for equipment, supplies or services they
could recommend to their clients.
- Members will respect the individual and corporate rights of
clients and consulting colleagues, and will not use proprietary
information or methodologies without permission.
- Members will represent the profession with integrity and
professionalism in their relations with their clients, colleagues and
the general public.
- Members will report violations of this Code to the Institute, and
will ensure that other consultants working on behalf of the member
abide by this Code.
The Institute of Management Consultants USA, Inc. (IMC
USA) adopted its first Code of Ethics in 1968. Since that time IMC USA
has modified the wording of the Code for additional clarity and
relevance to clients. The current Code was approved February 22, 2002.
It is consistent with the International Code of Professional Conduct
published by the International Council of Management Consulting
Institutes (ICMCI) of which IMC USA is a founding member.
Members who apply for the CMC (Certified Management
Consultant) designation must pass a written examination on the
application of the IMC USA Code of Ethics to client service. The CMC
mark is awarded to consultants who have met high standards of education,
experience, competence and professionalism.