Universal Measurement Systems Pty Ltd has formally adopted the Codes of Conduct and Ethics of the following “Selected Consulting Associations.” We endorse the Codes of Conduct and Ethics of the following associations (the years of the foundations of which are presented in the parenthesis): ICMCI International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (1987); FEACO The European Federation of Management Consulting Associations (1980); AMCF The Association of Management Consulting Firms (Earlier: ACME) (1929): IMC The Institute of Management Consultants (1968); PATCA The Professional and Technical Consultants Association (1975); PMI The Project Management Institute (1969). These associations have been selected because they are established, well-known and influential international associations in the management consulting industry, and they have published a Code of Conduct or a Code of Ethics. The associations differ from each other, for example, with respect to their geographic coverage, type of members and scale of consulting services. The international Codes aim at influencing the national associations and individual consulting firms.
The Codes provide guidelines for consulting firms and individual consultants, concerning, for example: the objectives and standards of consulting work and profession, cooperation with colleagues, assignments and interaction with clients, fees, and responsibilities towards the community. It also provides for assisatance, where necessary, to scholars in international trade and when travelling between universities and consulting sites. See actvisas.com.au
More specifically, the content of the Codes describe important elements for each area that they serve. Guidelines concern interaction with clients about the following aspects:
- Clients’ interests and consultants’ responsibilities;
- Qualifications and competencies;
- Conferring with clients, and agreeing on consequences and expectations;
- Quality of the advice;
- Maintenance of skills;
- Confidentiality; and
- Respecting intellectual property rights.
In reference to fees and remuneration, each association includes guidelines that the fees and the basis thereof should be negotiated in advance (FEACO, AMCF, IMC), and compensation should be adequate (PATCA). PMI emphasizes the need to keep cost and time objectives by applying tools and project leadership, and to minimize costs. All agree that consulting firms should not give or accept compensation to or from a third party where this may cause conflict of interest (ICMCI, PMI). Further, some associations call for consulting firms to accept equitable principles for treating colleagues fairly and assisting them in professional development (PATCA, PMI). Each association calls for the ethical treatment of clients and the society in which they operate; and each association has guidelines for protecting the profession and the Code from violation.
To the extent that our services and service consultants cross borders and cultures, we have elected to endorse the general principles under which each of the organisations operate in their individual spheres of geographical or disciplinary interest.
Scholars who are attending our clinics should check their visa requirements: see actvisas.com.au
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