The ABCLS has developed this Code of Ethics as part of its ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and in following its vision to fulfill its public trust as a progressive and accountable profession.
The purpose of the Code is to give general statements and guidance to members on the principles of ethical conduct.
The ideals of ethical professional conduct require that all members shall:
- Exercise professional integrity in the conduct of every survey and expression of independent professional judgment.
- Provide services in a completely unbiased manner to ensure that the interests of a client do not take precedence over the interests of society as a whole. Every BCLS has an obligation to serve the cadastre and society before the interests of the client.
- Regard as confidential any information obtained as to the affairs of the client; to be disclosed to any others only as directed, or required, for the completion of the client’s work. Duty of confidentiality shall extend to all staff and students with access to such information; and shall persist indefinitely unless or until the information becomes a public record.
- Inform a prospective client or employer of any business connection, affiliation, interest or involvement that may influence, or appear to influence, the member’s judgement or impair the quality of service, or the ability to carry out all professional responsibilities and obligations in an impartial and objective manner. Such an engagement may only be undertaken with the client’s express consent.
- Only accept a retainer or undertake an assignment if they have the ability, resources and staff to carry out such assignment or is able to obtain same prior to commencement in order to complete in a timely and professional manner.
- Remain technologically and professionally current with all matters that affect their practice.
- Conduct their professional and personal affairs in a manner that will maintain and enhance the public’s trust and confidence in the Member and the Profession.
- Consider the protection of the natural environment, and the safety, health and welfare of the public and the workplace.
- Undertake sufficient direct personal supervision and review of any work issued under their name to assure it meets all professional standards.
- In communication, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment.