The New Code of Professional Conduct

IEMA Code of Professional Conduct

IEMA and all our members have a critical and ambitious job to do: to transform the world to sustainability.

Together, we must work to catalyse the transformation needed to truly create a sustainable future. Collectively, it means we need to amass all our collective passion, knowledge and influence to do what’s needed at every level of business, and in every section of society. Individually, it requires all of us to work towards sustainability every single day to the very best of our professional ability.

What does it mean?

Your membership is all about demonstrating and celebrating your professional credibility, so it’s important that everyone knows and understands what you, as an IEMA member, stand for. Our Code of Professional Conduct sets out how we behave as part of this profession and what others should expect from us.

The code helps us to make the right decisions, and act ethically when we need to resolve the conflicting interests of organisations, environment and society. Abiding by the Code is a condition of IEMA membership and along with the CPD policy and your professional qualifications, gives employers, clients and the public complete confidence in your competence, your professionalism and your integrity.

The New Code of Professional Conduct

The IEMA Code of Professional Conduct has recently been updated as part of a robust review. Led by the IEMA Professional Standards Committee, the review set out to ensure our approach to professional conduct remains strong and future-fit.

We worked with members throughout the review to make sure the new code is clear, covers exactly the right areas, and is categorically something members want to sign up to. We took on board a number of considerations at every stage, including the need to:

  • make headline statements and supporting examples more clear, and tighten the language
  • raise the prominence of the elements of the code most commonly used by members
  • add additional guidance to aid interpreting the headline statements
  • explain clearly that as a professional body we can only place a duty on members’ conduct when they are operating in a professional capacity
  • clearly outline the relationship between the Code of Professional Conduct, the Membership Standards and the Skills Map

Now that all of those points have been addressed, it’s almost time to launch the new Code of Professional Conduct.

So what next?

From September 2018 all IEMA members will be required to sign up to the new code, and we’ll let you know exactly how that works and what it means over the coming weeks. In the meantime, get an early view of the code here.




Download the full Code of Professional Conduct HERE

Timeline for Reviewing the Code of Professional Conduct




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