The IECA Code of Ethics reflects the understanding that ethical and effective oral, written and visual communication is essential to all efforts to sustain and improve local, regional and global environments. Because existing and potential environmental issues are by definition communal, they must be engaged through honest and open debate inclusive of all global participants. Ethical communication in the public sphere requires high standards of conduct. The IECA Code of Ethics seeks to identify these standards in broad terms and reinforce the need for environmental communicators to recognize the broad social and ideological implications of their actions on human and other constituents of the natural world.
Core Ethical Values:
Among the core values of The IECA Code of Ethics are freedom of expression and respect for diversity of opinion. Therefore, compliance with this Code is voluntary. The first goal of the Code of Ethics is to improve understanding and awareness of the ethical dimensions of environmental communication. However, the Board of Directors of The IECA retains the right to bar from membership or expel any individuals or organizations that have been sanctioned or convicted for behavior not in compliance with the Code by a court of law, governmental agency or recognized self-regulatory entity to which such sanctioned parties are subject.
Adopted May 2013