As an O. D. Professional, I commit myself to supporting and acting in accordance with the following ethical guidelines :

I. Responsibility to Self

I.                    Responsibility to Self

A.      Act with integrity; be authentic and true to myself.

B.      Strive continually for self-knowledge and personal growth.

C.      Recognize my personal needs and desires and, when they conflict with other responsibilities, seek all-win resolutions of those conflicts.

D.      Assert my own economic and financial interests in ways that are fair and equitable to me as well as to my Clients and their stakeholders.

II. Responsibility for Professional Development and Competence

II.                  Responsibility for Professional Development and Competence

 A.      Accept responsibility for the consequences of my acts and make reasonable efforts to ensure that my services are properly used; terminate my services if they are not properly used and do what I can to see that any abuses are corrected.

B.      Strive to achieve and maintain a professional level of competence for both myself and my profession by developing the full range of my own competence and by establishing collegial and cooperative relations with other O. D. professionals.

C.      Recognize my own personal needs and desires and deal with them responsibly in the performance of my professional roles.

D.      Practice within the limits of my competence, culture, and experience in providing services and using techniques.

E.      Practice in cultures different from my own only with consultation from people native to or knowledgeable about those specific cultures.

III. Responsibility to Clients and Significant Others

III.                Responsibility to Clients and Significant Others

 A.      Serve the long-term well-being, interests, and development of the Client system and all its stakeholders, even when the work being done has a short-term focus.

B.      Conduct any professional activity, program or relationship in ways that are honest, responsible, and appropriately open.

C.      Establish mutual agreement on a contract covering services and remuneration.

D.      Deal with conflicts constructively and avoid conflicts of interest as much as possible.

E.      Define and protect the confidentiality of my Client-professional relationships.

F.      Make public statements of all kinds accurately, including promotion and advertising, and give service as advertised.

IV. Responsibility to the Profession

IV.              Responsibility to the Profession

A.      Contribute to continuing  professional development for myself, other practitioners, and the profession.

B.      Promote the sharing of O. D. knowledge and skill.

C.      Work with other O. D. professionals in ways that exemplary what our profession says we stand for.

D.      Work actively for ethical practice by individuals and organizations engaged in O. D. activities and, in case of questionable practice, use appropriate channels for dealing with it.

E.      Act in ways that bring credit to the O. D. profession and with due regard for colleagues  in other professions.

V. Social Responsibility

V.                  Social Responsibility

 A.      Act with sensitivity to the fact that my recommendations and actions may alter the lives and well-being of people within my Client systems and the larger systems of which they are subsystems.

B.      Act with awareness of the cultural filters which affect my view of the world, respect cultures different from my own, and be sensitive to cross-cultural and multi-cultural differences and their implications.

C.      Promote justice and serve the well-being of all life on Earth.

D.      Recognize that accepting this Statement as a Guide for my behavior involves holding myself to a standard that may be more exacting than the laws of any countries in which I practice, the guidelines of any professional associations to which I belong, or the expectations of any of my Clients.