The Ascher Group takes our ethics very seriously. Many “consultants” within the
industry say that they do not accept commissions but are nothing more than sales
reps for various copier companies. Even more “consultants” involve preferred vendors
that may not even be local to the client in order to get cost savings. The Ascher
Group bids each client individually and finds the way to get cost savings without
having to promise business to a vendor.
As a member of the Institute of Management Consultants, the Ascher Group has pledged
to uphold a strict ethics standard:
All IMC USA members pledge in writing to abide by the Institute's Code Ethics and
voluntarily agree to be self-disciplined.
As the professional association and certifying body for management consultants in
the United States, IMC USA requires its members to adhere to this Code of Ethics
as a condition of membership and certification. The standards of conduct set forth
in this Code provide basic principles in the ethical practice of management consulting.
The purpose of this Code is to help IMC USA members maintain their professionalism
and adhere to high ethical standards as they provide services to clients and in their
dealings with their colleagues and the public. The individual Members must use their
judgment to apply these principles.
Members are liable to disciplinary action under the IMC USA Rules of Procedure for
Enforcement of this Code if their conduct is found by the IMC USA Ethics Committee
to be in violation of the Code or if it discredits the profession or IMC USA.
My Commitment to My Clients
1.0 I will serve my clients with integrity, competence, independence, objectivity,
2.0 I will mutually establish with my clients realistic expectations of the benefits
and results of my services.
3.0 I will only accept assignments for which I possess the requisite experience and
competence to perform and will only assign staff or engage colleagues with the knowledge
and expertise needed to serve my clients effectively.
4.0 Before accepting any engagement, I will ensure that I have worked with my clients
to establish a mutual understanding of the objectives, scope, work plan, and fee
5.0 I will treat appropriately all confidential client information that is not public
knowledge, take reasonable steps to prevent it from access by unauthorized people,
and will not take advantage of proprietary or privileged information, either for
use by myself, the client's firm, or another client, without the client's permission.
6.0 I will avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of such and will immediately
disclose to the client circumstances or interests that I believe may influence my
judgment or objectivity.
7.0 I will offer to withdraw from a consulting assignment when I believe my objectivity
or integrity may be impaired.
8.0 I will refrain from inviting an employee of an active or inactive client to consider
alternative employment without prior discussion with the client.
My Commitment to Fiscal Integrity
9.0 I will agree in advance with a client on the basis for fees and expenses and
will charge fees that are reasonable and commensurate with the services delivered
and the responsibility accepted.
10.0 I will not accept commissions, remuneration, or other benefits from a third
party in connection with the recommendations to a client without that client's prior
knowledge and consent, and I will disclose in advance any financial interests in
goods or services that form part of such recommendations.
My Commitment to the Public and the Profession
11.0 If within the scope of my engagement, I will report to appropriate authorities
within or external to the client organization any occurrences of malfeasance, dangerous
behavior, or illegal activities.
12.0 I will respect the rights of consulting colleagues and consulting firms and
will not use their proprietary information or methodologies without permission.
13.0 I will represent the profession with integrity and professionalism in my relations
with my clients, colleagues, and the general public.
14.0 I will not advertise my services in a deceptive manner nor misrepresent or denigrate
individual consulting practitioners, consulting firms, or the consulting profession.
15.0 If I perceive a violation of the Code, I will report it to the Institute of
Management Consultants USA and will promote adherence to the Code by other member
consultants working on my behalf.
Approved by the IMC USA Board of Directors February 3, 2005
Ascher Group, LLC
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