Welcome to SIETAR USA Ethics
In 2013, SIETAR USA created the Living Code of Ethical Behavior (“LIVING CODE”) as a guide to performing exceptional intercultural work. We believe this ethical code improves the standing of our field in the eyes of our clients, prospective employers, and other professionals. We invite you to explore the ethics pages here on the website to learn more about the LIVING CODE and the opportunity for members to designate themselves as Ethical Interculturalists. Click here to view the full LIVING CODE document.
The SIETAR USA Ethics Committee and Chair are responsible for the coordination of educational activities designed to support the understanding of and participation in the LIVING CODE. On a regular basis, the committee will review the LIVING CODE and supervise any proposed revisions deemed necessary to reflect current and timely issues. The committee is available to assist members who have ethical concerns in their intercultural work, and will oversee the submission and processing of complaints regarding possible violations of the LIVING CODE.
The following members of SIETAR USA are now serving on the 2016 Ethics Committee. Some were members of the committee that created the LIVING CODE during 2013, and all have a deep interest and commitment to abiding by the LIVING CODE. They stand ready to support you with ethical issues that you face in your intercultural work and to keep the LIVING CODE alive. We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn about the purpose and history behind the creation of the LIVING CODE and the team who developed this mechanism by which colleagues, clients and prospective employers can judge SIETAR USA members’ ethical standing.
SIETAR USA members who designate themselves as Ethical Interculturalists pledge to abide by the LIVING CODE.
Click here for a list of those members who have signed the LIVING CODE and made the commitment to the ethical standards professed by SIETAR USA.
To help guide members of SIETAR USA in complying with the LIVING CODE, in a spirit of a community of inquiry, coming together to think through the ethical issues that we face, and provide direction for the best courses of action, the following procedures are offered:
Are you facing an ethical dilemma as a practitioner? If so, we invite you to share your experience. Click here to learn about the Critical Incidents feature.
Looking for additional resources related to practicing as an Ethical Interculturalist? Click here for a list of resource materials. In addition to these resources, we invite you to visit the Eye on Ethics page to view a series of essays which provide various perspectives on ethics in our field.
Ethics define who we are, what we consider to be right and wrong. They are our guiding light, professionally and personally.
They help us to set boundaries; they guide us when to say “yes” and “no”.
They force us to question our assumptions and revisit issues that we thought were long resolved.
In short, they make us better professionals and better people.
Honestly, how much better can it get?
The creation of the SIETAR USA Living Code of Ethical Behavior (the Code) was a long, challenging, and sometimes, painful process. There were times the proposal of a code of ethics met resistance. It was perceived by some as a restriction of freedom and creativity. It triggered a fair amount of ambivalence and a degree of unease that impacted and contributed to the vibrant discussion around a code of ethics. We struggled, created, argued, compromised, revisited, innovated, often all at once. This process reflected the strength of SIETAR USA as an organization. The result is a one of a kind code of ethics that has motivated other SIETAR organizations to follow that path. The Living Code of Ethical Behavior represents a remarkable testimony of perseverance, creativity and innovation. It is proof that SIETAR USA is a living organization with an abundance of expertise, creativity and motivation.
The members of SIETAR USA happen to be a highly diverse bunch from all walks of life, very different professional backgrounds and with a tremendous cultural diversity. A code of ethics in such an organization has to be an ever changing, dynamic one. One that should be part of an ongoing discussion and questioning of who we are, whether our organization is still aligned with the Code and whether we are personally still abiding by the Code that we signed. Our Code is not an eternal law; it is alive, and dynamic. A work in progress. It wants to be questioned. That is what makes it so different from any other professional code of ethics.
We are now entering into a new phase. Our task is to keep breathing life in the Living Code of Ethical Behavior – because that is what we committed to. We hope the Code will be embraced and enhanced by every Intercultural Professional. The Ethics Committee, along with the SIETAR USA Board of Directors, will work tirelessly to promote it. In addition, this group of dedicated and experienced professionals will be there for you to give answers to questions that you might have about ethical behavior within and outside SIETAR USA. We invite you to participate in ongoing conversations to grapple with the issues and to engage one another in discussions about ethics. Please join us in implementing the Living Code of Ethical Behavior in life, work and within SIETAR USA.
Ethics challenge us to look into the mirror. Let’s embark on a journey of increased self-awareness and professional development together!
SIETAR USA members who sign the Living Code of Ethical Behavior can proudly display this emblem in their communications. Members are encouraged to contact the Ethics Chair to learn more about the benefits of committing to the Living Code of Ethical Behavior.
I am following up on our successful launch of the new “Living Code of Ethical Behavior” during the 2013 conference in Washington. Many of you in attendance signed the code. A list of signees appears in the Ethics section of our website. The “EI” (Ethical Interculturalist) icon is now available for your use. We encourage all other Members to sign the code by means of the Electronic Signature Process in the Members only/Ethics section of our website.
We encourage everyone to help make this a living code by submitting any resources that you think may be valuable (comments, examples of great ethical behavior, links, articles, etc). You can do this by sending them to me (email@example.com) and I will get them on our website.
Our new code brings many values, among them are:
Raises Professionalism of Interculturalists and our Society
Provides Comfort and Peace of Mind to us as we face ethical dilemmas
Enhances Competitiveness by setting us aside as ethical practitioners
Michael F. Tucker, Ph.D., CMC Trustee; EI
SIETAR USA Ethics Chair 2014-2015