Code of Ethics

As a nonprofit organization, it is important that IGIC remain unbiased and inclusive of all its members. Our reputation is our most important asset. Board members are expected to comport themselves professionally whenever representing the organization and avoid situations which could be deemed a conflict of interest. If a questionable situation is brought to a Board member’s attention, it should be taken to the Executive Committee for review and any necessary action

IGIC follows the GIS Certification Institute’s Code of Ethics (Copyright © 2008 GIS Certification Institute) http://www.gisci.org to provide guidelines for making appropriate and ethical choices. Included below are main points from this code.

Obligations to Society
The GIS professional recognizes the impact of his or her work on society as a whole, on subgroups of society including geographic or demographic minorities, on future generations, and inclusive of social, economic, environmental, or technical fields of endeavor. Obligations to society shall be paramount when there is conflict with other obligations. Therefore, the GIS professional will:

  1. Do the Best Work Possible
  2. Contribute to the Community to the Extent Possible, Feasible, and Advisable
  3. Speak Out About Issues

Obligations to Employers and Funders
The GIS professional recognizes that he or she has been hired to deliver needed products and services. The employer (or funder) expects quality work and professional conduct. Therefore the GIS professional will:

  1. Deliver Quality Work
  2. Have a Professional Relationship
  3. Be Honest in Representations

Obligations to Colleagues and the Profession
The GIS professional recognizes the value of being part of a community of other professionals. Together, we support each other and add to the stature of the field. Therefore, the GIS professional will:

  1. Respect the Work of Others
  2. Contribute to the Discipline to the Extent Possible

Obligations to Individuals in Society
The GIS professional recognizes the impact of his or her work on individual people and will strive to avoid harm to them. Therefore, the GIS professional will:

  1. Respect Privacy
  2. Respect Individuals