AESC Standards

Why Quality is Critical in Executive Search

The competition for qualified executive leadership is fierce. Quality search firms know the talent business and take the time to know their client's business.

How do clients know who they can trust? AESC Members operate at the highest standards.

AESC Members are vetted, trusted professionals who leverage their access and expertise to deliver executive talent solutions for top performing organizations in a high-speed, high stakes world.

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Understand the Executive Search Landscape

The cost of a wrong executive hire can result in staggering losses for a company. When hiring executive and board level positions, business leaders can take one of three general approaches to hiring executive level personnel: executive search consulting, contingent recruiters, or in-house recruiting.

While executive search consulting and contingent recruiting are often thought of interchangeably, they differ greatly in their methodology, target assignments and overall value for both clients and candidates. 

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About AESC

AESC is the professional association for consultants who represent exemplary standards in executive search and leadership advisory worldwide. AESC raises the visibility of the profession and supports its members through quality standards and best practices; advocacy; insights and education. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions.
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Diversity as a Business Imperative

AESC recognizes that diversity is a business imperative with direct implications for organizational success.

As trusted advisors to those companies that drive economies, lead innovation, and compete across vital sectors and geographies, we know first-hand the power of diverse corporate leadership. Our member firms are uniquely positioned to advise our clients on the talent that will give them a competitive edge. 

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Candidate Rights & GDPR

The GDPR is, in large part, an evolution of the 1995 Data Protection Directive upon which most of Europe’s national laws on data protection are based. Among the most notable changes are the penalties for non-compliance, the reach of the regulation, the expanded rights for individual data subjects, the requirement for consent, and added responsibilities for reporting problems and documenting compliance.

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AESC is the exclusive global association representing only the highest quality firms in our profession worldwide. After meeting our rigorous membership criteria, our members agree to abide by the AESC Code of Professional Practice. By virtue of selecting an AESC Member, clients can be secure in their choice of consulting firm and can reap the benefits that only a trusted advisor can deliver.

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What is Personal Data?

The GDPR is, in large part, an evolution of the 1995 Data Protection Directive upon which most of Europe’s national laws on data protection are based. Among the most notable changes are the penalties for non-compliance, the reach of the regulation, the expanded rights for individual data subjects, the requirement for consent, and added responsibilities for reporting problems and documenting compliance.

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Best Practices for Data Protection

AESC is the exclusive global association representing only the highest quality firms in our profession worldwide. After meeting our rigorous membership criteria, our members agree to abide by the AESC Code of Professional Practice. By virtue of selecting an AESC Member, clients can be secure in their choice of consulting firm and can reap the benefits that only a trusted advisor can deliver.

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Board Search and Advisory Services Guiding Principles

AESC has developed Board Search and Advisory Services Guiding Principles to ensure that top executive search and leadership consultants meet the highest professional standards and to provide assurance to clients of the value of selecting a firm that has committed to these standards.

These Board Search and Advisory Services Guiding Principles provide clarity around this important body of work as AESC members strive every day to be trusted advisors to their clients.

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The Recruitment Industry’s Own ‘War for Talent’: How Rec2Recs Can Help

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