What is the Code of Ethics?

The ISSP Code of Ethical Practice and Values is a set of standards for individual behavior that ISSP feels are an important part of working for sustainability. Abiding by these principles is an important part of our mission of making sustainability standard practice.

As a condition of Certification as an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) or an ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), individual members are required to declare a commitment to the ISSP Code of Ethics. ISSP reserves the right to withdraw certification of any signatory whose actions are considered to be inconsistent with these principles.        

ISSP Code of Ethical Practice and Values

As Sustainability Professionals, we recognize that we not only serve our organizations but also act as stewards of decisions that impact the good of society, the environment and the greater economy.  

As a condition of certification as a sustainability professional, I hereby agree to the following code of ethical professional practice, upholding the highest professional ethical norms and values implied by our responsibility toward multiple stakeholders:

Be Innovative: Endeavour to be an innovative, systems thinker in the pursuit of long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Be Objective: Support and promote sustainable actions and challenge unsustainable actions, based upon facts, figures, reasonable judgement and professional expertise.

Pursue Continuous Learning: Pursue, develop and maintain standards of professional competence and knowledge through a combination of training, learning and practical experience, and through the support of others.

Be Honest and Fair:

  • To uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report practicing sustainability professionals deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities.
  • To ensure that professional judgment is not influenced by a conflict of interest and, where such a conflict may exist, proactively reveal to all relevant parties.
Be Responsible:
  • To exercise impartiality, diligence, and objectivity in my professional work; promoting and striving for high standards and best practices in sustainability 
  • To understand and accept the consequences of my actions, and in giving advice, make the relevant person(s) aware of the potential consequences of actions
  • Consider the environmental, social, and economic implications of determinations and recommendations
Be Respectful:   Treat others as I would wish to be treated.
Be Forthright:  Acknowledge my limitations of competence and not undertake work that I know is beyond my professional capabilities and honestly represent the scope of the certification that I have been granted.