OD Code of Ethics

In its ongoing quest to promote the profession and set standards of practice, CODI has approved a code of ethics. We believe that to promote the highest levels of professionalism and competence and to ensure discretion is maintained within the OD community, OD professionals should practice and promote the following ethical standards.

Responsibility to Clients and Client System

  • Serve the long-term well-being, interests, and development of the Client system and all its stakeholders, even when the work being done has a short-term focus.
  • Conduct any professional activity, program or relationship in ways that are honest, responsible, and appropriately open.
  • Establish mutual agreement on a contract covering services and remuneration.
  • Work within the field, recognize that conflict occurs with change and agree to deal with conflict constructively.
  • Seek to avoid conflicts of interest and potential conflicts of interest and openly disclose any such conflicts.
  • Define and protect the confidentiality of Client-professional relationships. I will have a clear agreement or contract before releasing information to others.
  • Make public statements of all kinds accurately, including promotion and advertising, and give service as advertised.
  • Respect the client’s right to terminate the relationship at any point during the process, subject to the provisions of the agreement or contract. Be alert to indications that the client or client system is no longer benefiting from our working relationship.
  • Encourage the client or client system to make a change if I believe that they would be better served by another OD professional or by another resource.
  • Suggest my client and/or client system seek the services of other professionals when deemed necessary or appropriate.
  • Ensure that I balance my own economic and financial interests in ways that are fair and equitable to clients and stakeholders.

Responsibility for Professional Development and Competence

  • Accept responsibility for the consequences of my acts and make reasonable efforts to ensure that my services are properly used; terminate my services if they are not properly used and address errors.
  • Strive to achieve and maintain a professional level of competence for both myself and my profession by developing the full range of my own competence and by establishing collegial and cooperative relations with other OD professionals.
  • Recognize my own personal needs and desires and deal with them responsibly in the performance of my professional roles.
  • Acknowledge the limits of my competence, culture, and experience in providing services and using techniques.
  • Practice in cultures different from my own only with consultation from people native to or knowledgeable about those specific cultures.

Responsibility to the Profession

  • Contribute to continuing professional development for myself, other practitioners, and the profession.
  • Promote the sharing of Organization Development knowledge and skill.
  • Work with other OD professionals in ways that exemplify our professional values.
  • Act in ways that bring credit to the OD profession and with due regard for colleagues in other professions.
  • Conduct and report research with competence, honesty, and within recognized scientific standards and applicable subject guidelines. Carry out research with the necessary consent and approval of those involved, and with an approach that will protect participants from any potential harm. All research efforts will be performed in a manner that complies with all the applicable laws of the country in which the research is conducted.

Social Responsibility

  • Be sensitive and act with compassion as my recommendations and actions may alter the lives and well-being of people within the client systems.
  • Act with awareness of the cultural filters which affect my view of the world, respect cultures different from my own, and be sensitive to cross-cultural and multi-cultural differences and their implications.
  • Strive to promote justice and serve the well-being of all within our client systems.