IECA Code of Ethics

This code of ethics is established to promote and maintain the highest professional standards of service and conduct among the membership of the IECA. Steadfast maintenance of these principles will ensure a high level of recognition and respect. Through high regard for and strict enforcement of THE CODE, membership in this Association will signify advancement in the erosion control industry based on individual responsibility, character and professionalism.


  1.  A member shall recognize and perform duties in such fashion as to be a credit to the association and profession.
  2. A member shall endeavor to extend public knowledge and appreciation of the technology, science, and practice of erosion and sedimentation control and to foster a broader recognition of the need, use and application in private and government sectors as well as other professional organizations.
  3. A member shall oppose and discourage any untrue, unsupported and/or exaggerated statements regarding the erosion control industry.
    A member shall strive to increase the competence and prestige of the profession.
  4. A member shall engage and cooperate with other experts and specialists whenever the client's interests would be best served.
    A member shall inform pertinent parties of any business connections, interests or circumstances that may influence professional judgement or services; which could result in a potential conflict of interest.
  5. A member shall not disclose, directly or indirectly, information concerning the business affairs of an employer or client in any way without the employer's or client's consent.
  6. A member shall not divulge information given to him/her in confidence.
  7. A member shall not attempt either falsely or maliciously to injure the reputation, business and/or employment status of any individual, organization or agency.
  8. A member shall not offer, give or accept any gifts, favors or services that might tend to influence him/her in the discharge of their duties.
    A member shall not disclose the business affairs and financial status of a client or share information acquired at the client's expense without the consent of the client.
  9. A member retained by one client shall not accept, without client's written consent, an engagement by another member if the interests of the two are in any manner conflicting.
  10. A member shall not accept a concealed fee for referring a client or employer to a specialist or for recommending professional services or products.
  11. A member shall freely give credit for work done by others to whom the credit is due and shall refrain from plagiarism in oral and/or written communications, and not knowingly accept credit rightfully due another person or entity.
  12. A member shall protect, to the fullest extent possible, the interest of his/her employer and/or client, providing such interest is consistent with the law, his profession and this code of ethics.
  13. A member shall promote high ethical standards among members and encourage the ethical dissemination of technical knowledge.
    A member shall not give professional opinion or make a recommendation in the field of erosion and/or sedimentation control outside their area of competence.
  14. A member shall be candid and forthright in statements and responses to the association in matters pertaining to professional conduct.
    A member shall not condone or practice sexual harassment nor discriminate against others on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, age, political affiliation or physical abilities.
  15. A member having positive knowledge of a violation of the CODE OF ETHICS by another member shall bring such action to the attention of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
  16. A member shall uphold this CODE OF ETHICS by action and example and shall encourage other professionals to do the same.
  17. Alleged violations shall be dealt with by following IECA's Procedures for Handling Allegations of Unethical Conduct.

Draft: 06/22/95, JWP
Revised: 09/23/97, BEN
Approved: 06/20/97, IECA Board of Directors