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Ashridge Code of Conduct für Coaches

(The original detailed version is available on request)


I am committed to the Ashridge Code of Conduct for Coaches, which in turn is based on the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP) Standards of Professional Conduct and the International Coach Federation (IFC) Codes of Ethics.

General principles

  1. Coach and client enter into an equal relationship that is consciously used for the benefit of the client.

  2. Clients know best what is most important and best for them and decide for themselves what they want or do not want, both in their personal and professional lives; clients are therefore also responsible for their decisions and actions.

  3. The coach's responsibility is to enable the client to explore, discover, and clarify ways to live and work more satisfyingly and resourcefully.

  4. During coaching, the client's goals, resources, and decisions take precedence over those of the coach.


Code of Ethics - Questions of Responsibility
  1. Coaches are responsible for adhering to the principles embodied in this Code of Conduct.

  2. The coach takes responsibility for promoting and facilitating the client's self-development within his or her own network of relationships.

  3. The coach takes into account the client's level of development, abilities and needs.

  4. The coach is aware of his own cultural identity and that of the client and knows the possible implications of similarities and differences for coaching.

  5. The coach is responsible for not depending on the relationship with their client to meet their own emotional and other needs.

  6. During coaching, the coach does not engage in non-coaching relationships, such as friendly, business, or sexual relationships with clients. The coach is responsible for setting and monitoring the boundaries between work and other relationships and making these boundaries as clear as possible to the client.

  7. Coach will assist in the resolution of any grievance proceeding, if one is initiated against him/her, and will ensure that adequate provisions for professional liability have been made.

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