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About the Ethics Committee

The role and powers of the IFEC Ethics Committee are clearly set out in the Code of Ethics.

The IFEC Ethics Committee is designed to be both independant and representative of the ethical views of the IFEC Membership. It is comprised of a five-member panel, elected from IFEC members by IFEC members, with a Chairperson appointed by the IFEC Board from amongst the five elected members. Membership of the Ethics Committee is an honorary role, although reasonable expenses incurred in fulfilling the role will be met by the IFEC.

The Ethics Committees' decisions will be guided by the principal of 'fairness', rather than by a strict interpretation of the Code, with the reputation of the Consulting Industry as a whole, and of the broader Membership of the IFEC in particular, the over-arching consideration (as opposed to protecting the interests of any particular Member or Complainant).

The Ethics Committee serves two primary functions:
  1. Maintaining the IFEC Code of Ethics:
    The Committee is responsible for interpreting the Code of Ethics and for providing advice to Members regarding the Code of Ethics. It is also responsible for considering proposals to change the Code of Ethics, and to make recommendations to the IFEC Board of Directors regarding proposed changes. This is intended to ensure that the Code of Ethics remains a 'living document' that continues to accurately reflects the values of the IFEC Membership. Amendments to the Code may be suggested by any Member, or by the Committee independantly, and will be subject to consultation and discussion before any change is made: suggested amendments will be circulated to the Membership for comment.

  2. Hearing Complaints:
    The Ethics Committee will receive all complaints regarding Code Violations, and will be responsible for ensuring that the complaint is handled quickly, fairly and in a professional manner. The Committee has the authority to order remedies, if warranted, although it is envisaged that most disputes will require only mediation: all IFEC Memebrs are contractually obliged to accept the rulings of the Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee does not replace or diminish the legal rights of the complainant (unless a settlement specifies as much).

The Ethics Committee will also provide an Annual Report to the IFEC Board detailing the number and nature of complaints during the proceeding year, and what remedial action was taken.

The independance of the Ethics Committee, and the democratic nature of the Code of Ethics, will ensure fairness in the administration of the code, high levels of compliance with the code and, thus, will enhance the image of the industry as a whole.

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