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Ethics

At the very core of ICMA is the mission to promote an ethical culture in local government. Since the development of the ICMA Code of Ethics in 1924, the organization has built an extensive collection of advice on ethics issues, case studies and model local government documents. This knowledge base has been translated into training courses, consulting services and ethics textbooks and other educational publications designed to further the organization’s mission throughout the world.

Promoting an Ethical Culture

Promoting an ethical culture is a key leadership responsibility.  Equity, transparency, honor, integrity, commitment, and stewardship are standards for excellence in democratic local governance. ICMA promotes ethical conduct through its Code of Ethics, training for local governments, publications on ethics issues, technical assistance, and advice to members. For more information about ICMA’s Code of Ethics, its guidelines and enforcement process, and current issues and advice facing local government professionals,  visit the Ethics Program section of icma.org.

Training and Technical Assistance Services

For information about local government ethics workshops and technical assistance services, call the ICMA Ethics Center at 202/962-3521.  Workshops on such topics as "Ethics at Work!" “Promoting an Ethical Culture” ,“The Leader's Role in Building an Ethical Culture" and "Elected Officials and the Public Trust" are available for staff, leadership, elected officials, boards, and commissions. 

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