General principles

Coach and clients enter into an equal relationship that is consciously used for the benefit of the client.

Clients know best what is most important and best for them and decide for themselves what they want or do not want, both in their private and professional lives; clients are therefore also responsible for their decisions and actions.

The coach’s responsibility is to enable the client to explore, discover and clarify ways to live and work in a more satisfying and resourceful way.

During coaching, the client’s goals, resources and choices take precedence over those of the coach.

Ethical Code - Issues of Responsibility

Coaches are responsible for adhering to the principles embodied in this Code of Ethics.

The coach takes responsibility for promoting and enabling the client’s self-development within their own network of relationships.

The coach takes into account the client’s level of development, abilities and needs.

The coach is aware of his/her own cultural identity and that of the client and knows the possible implications of similarities and differences for coaching.

The coach is responsible for not depending on the relationship with the client to meet his/her own emotional and other needs.

During coaching, the coach does not get involved in non-coaching relationships, such as friendly, business or sexual relationships with clients. The coach is responsible for setting and monitoring the boundaries between work and other relationships and making these boundaries as clear as possible to the client.

The coach will assist in the handling of any grievance procedure if one is initiated against him/her and will ensure that adequate arrangements have been made for professional liability.