The Profession

Code of Professional Conduct

AESC sets a high bar for ethical standards and professional conduct. AESC has developed our Code of Professional Conduct 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 Conduct 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.


Ethics & Integrity

AESC members put integrity above all else. They maintain the highest ethical standards within their firms, with clients and candidates, and in the community.


Excellence guides the work we do. AESC members focus on their clients’ unique business needs, using rigorous, evidence-informed, results-focused methodologies while innovating new solutions when needed.


AESC members exercise independent, objective judgment. Trusted relationships are grounded in knowledge, expertise, honesty, and respect.

Diversity & Inclusion

AESC members know the power of diverse talent and inclusive cultures. They are guided by this knowledge for the benefit of clients, candidates, and themselves.


AESC members protect confidential information entrusted to them by clients and candidates. This includes a commitment to data privacy and security.