The Profession

Code of Professional Practice

AESC sets a high bar for ethical standards and professional conduct. AESC has developed our Code of Professional Practice to provide assurance to clients of the value of selecting an AESC Member.

Members choose to exceed both industry norms and client expectations, because the imprimatur of AESC demands that members are the most ethical, rigorous, and transparent firms in the profession. AESC Members are committed to the highest professional practices, acting in the best interests of their clients, candidates, the community-at-large, and our profession. 

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Our Code of Professional Practice applies equally to executive search and leadership consulting. These standards govern all consulting work conducted by our members as they strive, every day, to be trusted advisors for their clients.



AESC Members conduct themselves and their business activities with absolute integrity and are at all times open, honest, and worthy of trust.


AESC Members focus on their clients’ unique business needs, providing high quality service and using rigorous results-focused methodologies.


AESC Members serve as trusted advisors, exercising independent, objective judgment.

Diversity & Inclusion

AESC Members value diverse leadership. They identify the most qualified talent by searching and assessing without bias.


AESC Members always respect any confidential information entrusted to them by clients and candidates.

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

AESC Members avoid conflicts of interest with clients and candidates. Where a potential conflict may exist, members disclose and resolve those conflicts.