As a Certified Coach and trained by CTI (ICF accredited training), I adhere to the International Federation of Coaching Code of Ethics (ICF) and CTI Code of Ethics.
I also have muy Personal Code of Good Conduct.
ICF Code of Ethics
The ICF was the first to develop a definition and a philosophy of coaching. It has also established a set of ethical standards that its members are committed to uphold. The ICF has established its code of ethics for its members and coaches accredited by the association. In addition, it has put in place an ethical conduct review process for individuals who have a complaint about an accredited member or coach.
Both coaches and the public should be familiar with the codes and processes as well as the high standards that ICF professional coaches are committed to uphold.
Chapter One: Defining Coaching
Section 1 : Définitions
Coaching : Coaching is the establishment of a partnership with clients as part of a process of reflection and creativity, in order to encourage them to optimize their potential, both personal and professional.
Professional coaching relationship : A professional coaching relationship exists when the coaching incorporates an agreement or a commercial contract that defines the responsibilities of each party.
Professional ICF Coach : A Professional Coach ICF is also committed to implementing ICF Professional Key Competencies and is accountable to the ICF Code of Ethics
In order to clarify the roles that exist in the coaching relationship, it is often necessary to distinguish between the client and the sponsor. In most cases, the client and sponsor are embodied by the same person and therefore jointly referred to as the “customer”. However, for the sake of recognition, the ICF (International Coach Federation) defines these roles as follows:
Client : The “client” is the person(s) accompanied.
Sponsor : The “sponsor” is the entity (including its representatives) that funds and / or arranges the provision of coaching services.
In all cases, contracts or coaching assignments must clearly define the rights, roles and responsibilities of the client and the sponsor, if they are separate persons.
Chapter Two : ICF Ethical Conduct Standards
Preamble: ICF professional coaches aspire to behave in a way that presents a positive image of the profession of coach; Are respectful of the different approaches of accompaniment; And acknowledge that they must comply with applicable laws and regulations.
Section 1 : Broad Professional Conduct
As a coach:
1) I will not knowingly make any public statements that are false or misleading about the services I offer as a coach or that I will not make any false claims in writing in any document concerning the profession of coach , My accreditations or the ICF.
2) I will identify my qualifications, qualifications, experience, certificates
ICF Code of Ethics
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3) I will acknowledge and praise the efforts and labors of others without wishing to attribute them to me. I acknowledge that failure to comply with this standard may expose me to legal recourse by a third party.
4) I will constantly endeavor to identify personal problems that may affect, prevent or interfere with my accompanying mission or my professional coaching relationships.
When the facts and circumstances require, I will immediately seek the assistance of professionals and decide what action to take, including whether or not to suspend or terminate my coaching relationship(s).
5) In all my training, mentoring and supervisory activities, I will conduct myself in accordance with the ICF Code of Ethics.
6) I will conduct and report research with competence, honesty and in accordance with recognized scientific standards and applicable guidelines. I will conduct my research with the necessary consent and agreement of the people involved and in an approach that protects participants from any potential risk. All my research work will be conducted in accordance with all applicable laws of the country in which the research is being conducted.
7) I will keep, store and destroy any file created during my coaching activity in a manner that preserves confidentiality, security and property and ensures compliance with applicable laws and agreements.
8) I will use the contact information in the ICF directory (e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc.) only in the manner and within the scope authorized by the ICF.
Section 2: Conflicts of Interest
As a coach :
9) I shall seek to avoid actual and potential conflicts of interest and shall disclose such conflicts to the public. I will propose to withdraw in the event of a conflict.
10) I will notify my client and his sponsor of any anticipated third party compensation that may be paid or received by me for reference.
11) The exchange of services, goods or any other non-monetary remuneration can only take place if it does not affect the coaching relationship.
12) I will not knowingly accept any personal, professional or financial benefit or benefit from the coach-client relationship, except in the case of a form of compensation set out in the agreement or contract.
Section 3 : Professional Conduct with Clients
As a coach :
13) I will not knowingly make any false or misleading statements about what my client or sponsor of the coaching process or my own person will perceive as a coach.
14) I will not give my customers or sponsors any information or advice if I know or think they are false or false.
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15) The agreements or contracts made with my clients and my sponsor (s) will be clear. I will honor all agreements or contracts established in the context of professional coaching relationships.
16) I will take care to explain and ensure that my clients and sponsors understand the nature of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any Other clause of the agreement or coaching contract.
17) I will be required to set clear, relevant and culturally reasonable limits to governing any physical contact I may have with my clients or sponsors.
18) I will not engage in any sexual relations with any of my current clients or sponsors.
19) I will respect the client’s right to terminate the coaching relationship at any time during the process, subject to the terms of the agreement or contract. I will be alert to the signs that the client no longer benefits from our coaching relationship.
20) I will encourage the client or sponsor to change service provider if I consider it in the best interest of the client or sponsor to involve another coach or other resource.
21) If I deem it necessary or appropriate, I would suggest that my client use the services of other professionals.
Section 4 : Confidentiality/property
As a coach :
22) I will ensure the strictest level of confidentiality for all client and sponsor data. Unless required by law, I will establish a clear agreement or contract before disclosing the data to a third party.
23) I will establish a clear contract defining how coaching information will be exchanged between the coach, the client and the sponsor.
24) As a trainer of students following coach training, I will clarify the privacy policies with the students.
25) I will arrange by coaches and others that I manage on behalf of my clients and sponsors on a voluntary or paid work basis, contracts or clear agreements to comply with the ICF Code of Conduct Chapter 2, Section 4: ICF standards of confidentiality / ownership and the ICF Code of Ethics as a whole to an applicable extent.
Chapter three : Ethical Commitment to the ICF
As an ICF professional coach, I acknowledge and undertake to comply with my legal and ethical obligations towards my clients and coaching sponsors, my colleagues and the public at large. I agree to follow the ICF Code of Ethics and apply these standards to the people I accompany.
If I fail to comply with this ethical commitment to the ICF or any of the provisions of the ICF Code of Conduct, I agree that ICF, in its sole discretion, shall hold me responsible. I further agree that my liability to the ICF for any breach may result in sanctions against me, including loss of my ICF membership and / or accreditation.
Approved by the Standards and Ethics Committee on October 30, 2008. Approved on December 18, 2008 by the Board of Directors of the ICF.
We subscribe to the code of ethics of the International Coaching Federation. In addition, we adhere to the following rules:
1. We keep confidential the content of the relationship with our customers. The identity of our customers remains confidential unless the person authorizes us to mention or use his name.
2. As professional coaches, we do not violate the law for our clients. We do not act as accomplices of any illegal activities of our clients.
3. As professional coaches, we do not agree to a financial agreement based on the customer’s results, for example a customer paying an additional 10% on the bonus he receives from his company. To do so can be the customer’s choice, but the coach must not subscribe to it.
4. We do not contract with companies, we consider each of our customers as individual, and we respect their right to confidentiality. In France: tripartite contract.
5. We do not work with clients that we can not defend and see grow.
6. We manage our own Saboteurs in such a way that they do not affect the progress of the client and that we can satisfy the intentions of the client rather than those of the coach.
7. We treat our colleagues, competitors and professional coaches with honor and respect.
8. We commit ourselves to respect the Deep Aspirations and the daily aspirations of the client in order to orient him towards the coaching of Development, the coaching of Balance, the coaching of the Moment as much as the Transition to the Action and the Deepening of its Learning.
9. We align ourselves with the belief that customers are naturally creative, resourceful and comprehensive, able to find their own answers.
In addition to adhering to the ethical rules of ICF and CTI, I respect the following principles:
1. Respect for the confidentiality of the information received from my clients, including their names and contact details.
2. Convince that customers are naturally creative, resourceful and complete, able to find their own answers.
3. Refer clients to another professional when their needs exceed my own skills.
4. Do not coach people who do not fit into the coaching relationship of their own accord.
5. Do not coach people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
6. Do not coach persons invested in criminal or illegal activities.
7. Consider the goals set by my client before the business objectives.
8. Respect the rule of total transparency regarding reporting.
9. Continue to invest in my own personal and professional development.