About The Global Code of Ethics

For Coaches, Mentors, and Supervisors

The Global Code of Ethics (the Code) is the most comprehensive code of ethics for those working in the world of coaching, mentoring, and supervision. The first version of the Code jointly created by the Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) was launched in February 2016.

The newly launched 2nd version of the Code (1 May 2018) now brings together the collective inputs and contributions of five coaching and mentoring membership bodies who have all signed up to the spirit and the collectively shared aspiration for excellence which is expressed in this single unified Code. This Global Code of Ethics will now frame and guide the practice of the members of the five signatory bodies, be they located around the world from Australia, through Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe to the Americas. The Code is truly global in its reach and applicability.

As membership bodies, we are committed to maintaining and promoting excellent practice in coaching, mentoring, and supervision, a field that is becoming increasingly professionalised. All our members in their roles as coaches, mentors, supervisors, trainers and/or students) as part of their continuing membership, agree to embrace and respect this Code of Ethics, and adhere to elements and principles of this Code of Ethics, within the signatories’ specific governance and the wider context of practice.

Download the Global Code of Ethics

Download an Executive Summary of the Code’s contents.

Read more about the Global Code of Ethics:

Press release (launch 9 May 2018)
Press release (launch 5 February 2016)



‘A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world’. Albert Camus