There was a time when the term “business ethics” might have sounded like an oxymoron, but the term hardly raises an eyebrow today. A few years ago, Occupy Wall Street protestors took to the streets to challenge businesses “behaving badly” but the movement has mostly faded. Still, the fervor in some camps has not died down. In fact, the subject of ethics in business is a very relevant topic of conversation at meetings and events throughout the country, especially among insurance and financial services companies.
FICP and other industry associations such as MPI and PCMA regularly revise their codes of ethics and/or conduct for their members, especially now that connecting via social media is all the rage.
For example, the first item listed in PCMA’s E-Group Rules and Etiquette section is “Don’t challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.”
Furthermore, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) in 2011 released a revised version of its Ethics Statement and Policy for the CMP program “to protect the public against unprofessional and unethical conduct by certified meeting professionals.” All CMP hopefuls, as well as planners who wish to recertify, must sign a nine-point pledge in order to merit the CMP professional designation. Non-compliance with the code may result in stern enforcement from the CIC and loss of one’s professional designation as a CMP.