“Good business and high ethical standards go hand in hand. In life, each person is born with a clean slate. Each corporation starts the same way. What we take to the grave is the reputation we have built for ourselves over our lifetimes. At SC&C, we insist that each team member exhibit the highest ethical standards and approach everything they do with professional excellence. In so doing, we continue to ensure our unblemished professional and personal reputations.” Fred Coon, Chairman, CEO
The following Standards and Ethics policies are intended to safeguard the public interest, the integrity, and excellence of the career profession.
Standards and Ethics Policies
All Team Members of Stewart, Cooper & Coon shall:
- Continuously improve their professional skills, competency, and knowledge to provide the highest quality of service to organizations and individual clients.
- Comply with all laws, statutes, and regulations affecting business practices and service relationships.
- Fully disclose any potential conflict of interest that may arise in the course of their professional practice.
- Report any illegal acts by their employers, peers, or business partners to appropriate authorities.
- Clearly define the services which they offer, and ensure these services are within their knowledge and abilities. Team members must recognize their boundaries of competence and provide only those services and use only those tools, techniques, and materials for which they are qualified by education, training, or experience.
- In marketing services, describe factually and neither claim, misrepresent nor imply professional qualifications exceeding those possessed, nor knowingly cannot be delivered.
- Administer and/or interpret only those assessment instruments for which they have appropriate qualifications.
- Release assessment results to third parties, where applicable, only after obtaining written permission from the individual client.
- Maintain confidentiality by disclosing to each individual client that general progress updates may be provided to a sponsoring organization (at their request); however, such reports would be generic in nature, and no personal or confidential information will be provided.
- Take reasonable action to inform potentially vulnerable third parties and/or responsible authorities when conditions indicate that there is a clear and imminent danger to the client, sponsor, or others. Ideally, this will be done with the individual client’s knowledge or permission, but if necessary, without.
- Not accept inappropriate gifts that would compromise the integrity of the employee or Stewart, Cooper & Coon.
- Refrain from supporting, assisting, participating in, and/or benefiting from the violation of these Standards.