The Executive Recruiters Association (ERA) will strive to promote high standards of professionalism among executive recruitment consultants. In furtherance of this aim, ERA will adopt a Code of Ethics, and a set of Professional Practice Guidelines that will reflect important developments in the profession and the business environment.
"Executive Recruitment" is a specialized form of management consulting. Its purpose is to assist executives of a client organization in defining executive positions, identifying well-qualified and motivated candidates, and selecting those best suited through comprehensive, quality assured search processes.
Executive Recruitment is widely recognized as an indispensable service to organizations worldwide and is generally built on relationships. The services provided by executive recruitment consultants are an integral part of the process of building and maintaining corporate, nonprofit and government clients. Like professionals in the fields of law, public accounting and general management consulting, executive recruitment consultants have a profound influence on the organizations they serve.
ERA and its members recognize that outstanding professional service rests on the quality and integrity of relationships with clients, candidates, employees and the public. Executive recruitment firms depend on all of these groups for their continuing success, and to each group they have important responsibilities.
ERA members are partners with their clients in a consultative process aimed at selecting the most competent executives. The professional recruitment consultant identifies the client's specific needs and unique culture as essential elements in recruiting appropriate leaders for client organizations.
ERA members maintain professional relationships with candidates and treat them with respect at all time. ERA members regard honesty, objectivity, accuracy and confidentiality as fundamental to their relationship with candidates.
ERA members strive to attract and develop their own talent, building the knowledge and experience that will guide the profession into the future. Recognizing the importance of training and education to this process, ERA members provide opportunities for consultants research professionals and other staff to improve their skills and capabilities. ERA and its member firms are partners in professional development.
ERA members understand the importance of public trust in the executive recruitment profession. Professional recruitment consultants stay abreast of socio-economic developments in the communities they serve and recognize the need to respond to contemporary developments sue as changing demographics, new technologies and changes in the employment relationship. ERA's mission includes understanding these changes and taking constructive positions on public policy issues that affect the executive recruitment profession, client organizations and the public.
The ERA's Code of Ethics lays downs the fundamental principles that guide executive recruitment consultants in performing their duties and conducting their relationships with these constituencies (Clients, Candidates, Consultants & Public). The Professional Practice Guidelines represent the ERA's view of contemporary best practices that exemplify the standards of professionalism expected of executive recruitment consultants. Underlying these principles and best practices is the expectation that ERA members will articulate and define clearly for clients the terms of their relationship and the members' commitment to perform their work professionally.
Code of Ethics
The Executive Recruiters Association (ERA) is an association of the leading recruitment organizations of India. In order to perform their duties responsibly, ERA member firms are-guided by the following ethical principles, which reflect fundamental values of the recruitment profession. The ERA is committed to educating its members about the application of these principles.
ERA members will adhere to the following:
- Professionalism : Conduct their activities in a manner that reflects favorably on the profession.
- Integrity : Conduct their business activities with integrity and avoid conduct that is deceptive or misleading.
- Competence : Perform all recruitment assignments competently, and with an appropriate degree of knowledge, thoroughness and urgency.
- Objectivity : Exercise objective and impartial judgment in each recruitment assignment, giving due consideration to all relevant facts.
- Accuracy : Strive to be accurate in all communications with clients and candidates and encourage them to exchange relevant and accurate information.
- Conflicts of Interest : Avoid, or resolve through disclosure and waiver, conflicts of interest.
- Confidentiality : Respect confidential information entrusted to them by clients and candidates.
- Loyalty : Serve their clients loyally and protect client interests when performing assignments.
- Equal Opportunity : Support equal opportunity in employment and objectively evaluate all qualified candidates.
- Public Interest : Conduct their activities with respect for the public interest.
- Re-Recruitment : Shall not re-recruit the candidate from the client organization for a period of two years from initial placement unless explicit permission is obtained.