Metaco abides by the ICF Code of Ethics

THE ICF CODE OF ETHICS

Part One: The ICF Philosophy of Coaching

The International Coach Federation (ICF) adheres to a form of coaching that honours the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

Part Two: The ICF Definition of Coaching

Professional coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance and enhance their quality of life.

In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. ICF member coaches and ICF credentialed coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client's intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach's efforts and application of the coaching process.

Part Three: The ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct

Professional Conduct at Large - As a coach:

  • I will conduct myself in a manner that reflects positively upon the coaching profession, and I will refrain from engaging in conduct or making statements that may negatively impact the public's understanding or acceptance of coaching as a profession.
  • I will not knowingly make any public statements that are untrue or misleading, or make false claims in any written documents relating to the coaching profession.
  • I will respect different approaches to coaching. I will honour the efforts and contributions of others, and not misrepresent them as my own.
  • I will be aware of any issues that may potentially lead to the misuse of my influence by recognizing the nature of coaching and the way in which it may affect the lives of others.
  • I will at all times strive to recognize personal issues that may impair, conflict or interfere with my coaching performance or my professional relationships. Whenever the facts and circumstances necessitate, I will promptly seek professional assistance and determine the action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate my coaching relationships.
  • As a trainer or supervisor of current and potential coaches, I will conduct myself in accordance with the ICF's Code of Ethics in all training and supervisory situations.
  • I will conduct and report research with competence, honesty and within recognized scientific standards. My research will be carried out with the necessary approval or consent from those involved, and with an approach that will reasonably protect participants from potential harm. All research efforts will be performed in a manner that complies with the laws of the country in which the research is conducted.
  • I will accurately create, maintain, store and dispose of any coaching records of work done in relation to the practice of coaching in a way that promotes confidentiality and complies with any applicable laws.

Metaco and its consultants also subscribe to the Code of Ethics for both the Meta-Coach Foundation of the International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS) and Comensa.