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Code of Ethics

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All apdo-uk members agree to abide by the following Code of Ethics.

This Code of Ethics is a set of principles to guide our professional conduct with our clients, colleagues, and the wider community, and also our personal conduct, insofar as it impacts on our roles as professional organisers, and the organising profession.

As an apdo-uk member, I agree to manage my personal and professional conduct in order to maintain public confidence in the integrity of apdo-uk and my fellow members, and to encourage fair and equitable practices among all engaged in the organising profession. 

apdo-uk is not a regulatory body; it is an industry association. The maximum sanction the Management Committee can impose for proven breaches of this Code of Ethics is to expel a member from apdo-uk membership. 


  1. I will keep confidential all client information, both business and personal, except in very exceptional and specific circumstances where I am obliged by law to disclose such information.
  2. Irrespective of who instructs me or pays for my services, I will always maintain the confidentiality of my client i.e., the person with whom I am working and who is receiving the benefit of my services and professional help.
  3. I will provide clear and honest information about my professional qualifications and expertise and will accurately represent those qualifications in any verbal and/or written communications and in any promotional materials.
  4. I will only undertake work within the areas of my expertise, abilities and competence. If and when appropriate, I will invite clients to seek other forms of professional help.
  5. I will communicate in advance all terms and conditions to clients, including fees, expenses, likely methods of working and cancellation policies.
  6. I will disclose to clients information regarding existing or potential commercial gains for me personally from recommending specific goods or services.


  1. I will behave towards other apdo-uk members in a fair, equitable and professional manner at all times.
  2. I will deal openly and respectfully with any area of conflict, and endeavour to reach agreement over any such areas in a responsible and courteous manner.
  3. I will respect the intellectual property rights (themes and content) of others and will not use proprietary information in any form or media without permission, nor will I plagiarise the works of others. 


  1. I will strive for excellence in all aspects of my work within the organising profession.
  2. I will promote my services in ways that are legal, decent, honest, transparent and fair.
  3. I will seek to maintain and improve my skills and expertise through relevant continuing professional development, learning and training.
  4. I will represent the organising profession fairly and accurately, consulting when appropriate with the apdo-uk Management Committee. I will not claim to represent the views of apdo-uk unless expressly requested to do so by the apdo-uk Management Committee and authorised in writing.
  5. In dealings with clients, colleagues and community, I will respect diversity and equality relating to race, religion, sexuality, gender, age, culture, disability or socio-economic status and will not discriminate against anyone based on any of these factors.

We appreciate the support, professionalism and integrity of our members in abiding by this Code of Ethics.

apdo-uk Management Committee : 9th July 2014

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