The Association of Professional Communication Consultants
Standards of Ethical Conduct
The Association is dedicated to the education and professional development of its members. As professional writing consultants we must promote the highest standard of ethics in dealing with clients, other consultants, and the global community in which we live and work.
Members of the Association of Professional Communication Consultants have an obligation to maintain these standards of ethical conduct. In recognition of this obligation, members agree to abide by the following code of ethics in providing consulting services.
1. The consultant agrees to strive always for the highest standards of service in all dealings with clients and their employees.
2. In promoting consulting services to prospective clients, the consultant agrees to:
A. Represent all experience, education, and services honestly and accurately
3. In conducting writing instruction, the consultant agrees to:
B. Describe accurately the services being offered.
C. Avoid misrepresenting professional qualifications and affiliations.
D. Maintain the highest integrity in obtaining prospective client lists and contacting prospective clients.
A. Provide instruction only in those areas of writing in which the consultant is well qualified.
4. In dealing with materials written by participants in a consulting program, the consultant agrees to:
B. Base instructional techniques on the best and most recent research and informed opinion.
C. Attempt to meet the specific writing needs of both the participants and the client organization.
A. Consider all materials participants provide to be confidential.
5. In writing materials for a client, the consultant agrees to:
B. Request and receive written permission before using any participants' materials outside the consulting situation.
C. Protect the anonymity of the client organization and of the specific writer when using any such materials for publication or for classroom instruction unless given prior permission to disclose the name of the organization or writer.
A. Provide clear, concise, readable copy which meets the needs of both client and intended readers.
6. In relating to other writing consultants, the consultant agrees to:
B. Write copy in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and professional standards.
C. Be rigorously honest and accurate in representation of products or services when writing sales or promotional materials for any client.
D. Advise the client when written materials and practices of the client are not consistent with the ethical standards of the professional community.
A. Maintain the highest integrity in obtaining prospective client lists and in contacting them.
7. If affiliated with an educational institution, the consultant agrees to:
B. Give only honest and accurate references, or none at all.
C.Compete openly and fairly for consulting work and clients.
A. Meet all obligations to the educational institution and to the students of the institution.
B. Meet the terms of any contract signed with the educational institution as they apply to consulting work.
C.Use facilities and supplies of the educational institution for consulting work only if the institution approves of such use and is adequately recompensed for it.
D. Avoid conflicts of interest and advise the client and the institution of any potential conflict.