Ethics

Defining Industry Ethical Standards

ICF has taken the lead in developing a definition and philosophy of coaching and establishing ethical standards among its members.
ICF sets professional coaching standards while also giving consumers a venue to file ethics complaints

Individual Complaint

Ethical Conduct Review

ICF’s Ethical Conduct Review (ECR) process provides a forum where individuals can bring complaints about alleged breaches of the ICF Code of Ethics by ICF Members
and ICF Credential-holders.
 

The ECR process provides for review, investigation and response to alleged unethical practices or behavior deviating from the established ICF Code. It is intended to serve as a “model of excellence” for the fair review of complaints concerning the ethical conduct of ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders and be responsive to complaints concerning experiences believed to be breaches of the Code by ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders.

If you have an ethical complaint against an ICF Member or ICF Credential-holder, we invite you to download and review an information packet and sample form before completing the online complaint form.

Ethics Assist Line
ethics@coachingfederation.org or 1.859.226.4245

 

Filing a complaint

After reviewing the ECR information packet and sample form, you can file a complaint against an individual ICF Member or Credential-holder by following the link below.

Independent Review Board

The Independent Review Board (IRB) oversees ICF’s Ethical Conduct Review (ECR) process.
ICF is committed to providing a forum where individuals can bring complaints about alleged breaches of the Code of Ethics by ICF Members and Credential-holders. ICF adopted a policy and set of procedures that provide for review of, investigation of and response to alleged unethical practices or behavior deviating from the Code of Ethics. IRB members undertake this process in accordance with the ECR process. For more information on the IRB or ECR process, please view the section below for Ethical Conduct Review process. Selection for this team is a competitive process including an application and verbal interview.

Independent Review Board Video Series Part 1

Independent Review Board Video Series Part 2

Independent Review Board Video Series Part 3

Independent Review Board Video Series Part 4

Annual Ethical Conduct and Compliance Report

ICF’s Ethical Conduct Review process, Program Complaint process and trademark management activities all help promote the integrity of the coaching profession and the ICF brand. Each year, ICF publishes a report providing an overview of these activities during the prior fiscal year.

Ethics Resources

ICF has prepared range of support on Ethics, i.e. Ethics Assistance, Code of Ethics Overvicew, Code of Ethics FAQ, Complementary Ethics CCE Course, Ethics Community of Practice, Ethics Water Cooler Conversation, to ensure ICF Professionals have ddep understanding about its Ethical standards