We, the members of the Supply Chain Alliance,
Inc., in recognition of the importance of our methodologies which
effect the quality of life in the business world, and in accepting
a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the business
communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest
ethical and professional conduct and do further agree:
1. Service our clients
with integrity, competence and objectivity.
2. Maintain client
information and records of engagements confidential and only use
engagement or propriety information with the client's permission.
3. We will not take
advantage, profit from or gain in anyway from engagement or confidential
client information for ourselves, our firm, or for our client's
4. Hold paramount the
trust, confidence, and financial health of our clients and shall
strive to comply with the principles of proper professional conduct
in the performance of our professional duties.
5. Seek to contract
clients in necessary engagement which demonstrate value and benefits.
6. Accept only engagements
for which we are qualified by our competence and capable through
7. Assign staff to
client engagements in accord with their experience, knowledge,
8. Immediately acknowledge
any influences on our objectivity and will offer to withdraw from
an engagement when our integrity may be questioned or compromised.
9. Pause or end any
engagement in which the client demonstrates an unwillingness to
continue or shows financial need.
10. Keep our clients
reasonably informed about the status of an engagement and associated
benefits in a timely manner and promptly comply with a reasonable
request for information.
11. Our fees and expenses
shall be reasonable, business case justified, legitimate, and
commensurate with the services we deliver and the responsibility
12. Disclose to our
clients in advance any fees or commissions that we receive for
equipment, supplies or services we recommend to our clients which
are independent of our fees.
13. Respect the intellectual
property rights of our clients, educators, other consulting firms,
and sole practitioners and will not use proprietary information
or methodologies without permission.
14. Treat colleagues,
co-workers, and competitors with respect regardless of such factors
such as race, religion, gender, disability, age, or natural origin.
The term "ethics" is used in several
different ways. It means "the study of morals". It is
also the name for that branch of philosophy concerned with the
nature of morals and moral evaluation (what is right and wrong,
virtuous or vicious, and beneficial or harmful "to others").
The term ethics or morality is used to mean the standards for
ethical or moral behavior of a particular group, such as "Buddhist
ethics" or "Nursing ethics" or "Roman Catholic
To give a description of such ethical codes
and standards is descriptive ethics. Descriptive ethics does not
require making a judgment as to whether the code or standards
of behavior have ethical justification. Examination of the adequacy
of moral or ethical values, standards, or judgments is normative
ethics. Some authors even use the term "ethics" or "morality"
more loosely to mean any code of behavior, even one that does
not claim to have moral justification.
It may be important to examine such codes of
behavior and see how they affect the opportunities for moral action,
but not every code of behavior has, or is even claimed to have
moral/ethical justification. The term "moral" tends
to be used for more practical elements, such as "moral problems"
and "moral beliefs", and "ethical" tends to
be used for more abstract and theoretical elements, such as "ethical
principle", but the distinction is by no means hard and fast.
Supply Chain Alliance
Code of Ethics