IACE believes and expects that all members, corporate and personal, and all persons and corporations involved in any work with IACE, shall conduct their business in a proper and ethical manner.

Following the guidelines below will help to ensure this vision of ethical business practice is adhered to by our members and stakeholders at all times.

Build Trust and Credibility

The success of IACE is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from our members, partners, sponsors, and sister organisations (our stakeholders). We gain credibility by adhering to our commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching our vision solely through honorable conduct. It is easy to say what we must do, but the proof is in our actions. Ultimately, IACE and its members, will be judged on what we do.

When considering any action, it is wise to ask: will this build trust and credibility for IACE and our stakeholders? Will it help create a working environment in which IACE stakeholders can succeed over the long term? Is the commitment I am making one I can follow through with? The only way we will maximize trust and credibility is by answering “yes” to those questions and by working every day to build our trust and credibility.

Respect for the Individual

We all deserve to work in an environment where we are treated with dignity and respect. IACE is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the full potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to our career and business success. We cannot afford to let anyone’s talents go to waste.

IACE is committed to providing a workplace that is free of discrimination of all types from abusive, offensive or harassing behavior. Any member who feels harassed or discriminated against should report the incident to his or her line manager, as per your company’s policy. In the event of a less than satisfactory response, IACE will provide support and assistance.

Create a Culture of Open and Honest Communication

All IACE members should feel comfortable to speak their mind, particularly with respect to ethics concerns. Stakeholders have a responsibility to create an open and supportive environment where everyone feels comfortable raising such questions. We all benefit tremendously when people exercise their power to prevent mistakes or wrongdoing by asking the right questions at the right times. IACE will investigate all reported instances of questionable or unethical behavior that is reported to IACE. In every instance where improper behavior is found to have occurred, IACE will take appropriate action.

Set the Tone at the Top

IACE members and stakeholders have the added responsibility for demonstrating, through their actions, the importance of this Code. In any business, ethical behavior does not simply happen; it is the product of clear and direct communication of behavioral expectations, modeled from the top and demonstrated by example. IACE Professional Commissioning personnel are at the top of our profession, and ultimately, our actions are what matters.

Uphold the Law

IACE’s commitment to integrity begins with complying with laws, rules and regulations. All stakeholders shall ensure they have an understanding of the policies, laws, rules and regulations that apply to their specific role and responsibility.


IACE is dedicated to ethical, fair and vigorous competition. IACE will not improperly cooperate or coordinate our activities with our competitors. IACE will not offer or solicit improper payments or gratuities in connection with the purchase of goods or services for IACE or the sales of its products or services, nor will IACE engage or assist in unlawful boycotts of particular customers.

Proprietary Information

It is important that we respect the property rights of others. IACE and its members will not engage in unauthorized use, copying, distribution or alteration of software or other intellectual property.

Avoid Conflicts of Interest

IACE members shall avoid any relationship or activity that might impair, or even appear to impair, their ability to make objective and fair decisions when performing our job functions in the Commissioning environment.

Gifts, Gratuities and Business Courtesies

IACE members should avoid any actions that create a perception that favorable treatment of outside entities was sought, received or given in exchange for personal business courtesies. Business courtesies include gifts, gratuities, meals, refreshments, entertainment or other benefits from persons or companies with whom IACE stakeholders do or may do business. IACE stakeholders will neither give nor accept business courtesies that constitute, or could reasonably be perceived as constituting, unfair business inducements that would violate law, regulation or polices, or would cause embarrassment or reflect negatively on IACE’s reputation.

Corporate Recordkeeping

IACE will create, retain and dispose of our company records as part of our normal course of business in compliance with all IACE policies and guidelines, as well as all regulatory and legal requirements. All corporate records must be true, accurate and complete, and company data must be promptly and accurately entered in our books in accordance with IACE’s and other applicable accounting principles. We must not improperly influence, manipulate or mislead any unauthorized audit, nor interfere with any auditor engaged to perform an internal independent audit of IACE books, records, processes or internal controls.

Promote Substance over Form

At times, in our business of Commissioning, we are all faced with decisions that we would rather not have to make, and issues we would prefer to avoid. Sometimes, we hope that if we avoid confronting a problem, it will simply go away.

IACE members have the courage to tackle the tough decisions and make difficult choices, secure in the knowledge that all IACE stakeholders are committed to doing the right thing. At times this will mean doing more than simply what the law requires. Merely because we can pursue a course of action does not mean we should do so.

Although IACE’s Code of Conduct and guiding principles cannot address every issue, or provide answers to every dilemma which may arise in the Commissioning stage of a project, they can define the spirit in which all members and stakeholders intend to do Commissioning and should guide us in our daily conduct.


Each of us is responsible for knowing and adhering to the values and standards set forth in this Code and for raising questions if we are uncertain about company policy. IACE takes seriously the standards set forth in the Code, and violations are cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from membership.

Do the Right Thing

Commissioning is a great responsibility which IACE members take very seriously as experienced professionals. Experienced members should mentor younger members. The following may be useful in such mentoring situations: In response to a query such as “What are we doing?” or “What do we do now?”

Ask yourself:

Does what I am doing comply with the IACE guiding principles wherein IACE believes and expects that all persons involved in any work with IACE shall conduct their business in a proper and ethical manner.

Would I feel comfortable describing my decision at a peer meeting?

How would it look if it made the headlines in tomorrow’s morning News broadcast?

What would I tell my child to do?

Is this the right thing to do?

IACE believes that Commissioning, as a discipline, has not been given the recognition it deserves, and IACE shall strive to put Commissioning in its rightful place among the main disciplines of the Commissioning industry, worldwide. Following this Code of Ethics is one step of this journey.