IAIA Code of Conduct


IAIA encourages its members to make a personal pledge of commitment to a professional code of conduct. Signing the code is voluntary for IAIA members. The current code was developed by an IAIA task force on ethics and was subsequently approved for distribution by the IAIA Board of Directors (9/07).

As a self-ascribed professional member of IAIA, the information and services that I provide must be of the highest quality and reliability. I consequently commit myself:

  • To conduct my professional activities with integrity, honesty, and free from any misrepresentation or deliberate bias.
  • To conduct my professional activities only in subject areas in which I have competence through education, training, or experience. I will engage, or participate with, other professionals in subject areas where I am less competent.
  • To take care that my professional activities promote sustainable and equitable actions as well as a holistic approach to impact assessment.
  • To check that all policies, plans, activities, or projects with which I am involved are consistent with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and guidelines.
  • To refuse to provide professional services whenever the professional is required to bias the analysis or omit or distort facts in order to arrive at a predetermined finding or result.
  • To disclose to employers and clients and in all written reports, any personal or financial interest that could reasonably raise concerns as to a possible conflict of interest.
  • To strive to continually improve my professional knowledge and skills and to stay current with new developments in impact assessment and my associated fields of competence.
  • To acknowledge the sources I have used in my analysis and the preparation of reports.
  • To accept that my name will be removed from the list of self-ascribed professional members of IAIA should I be found to be in breach of this code by a disciplinary task-group constituted by the IAIA Board of Directors.