Examples of codes of ethics and professional codes of conduct



The following documents are featured for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by UNESCO.

Examples of codes of ethics in the cultural sector

  • American Anthropological Association, ‘Principles of Professional Responsibility’: English
  • American Folklore Society, ‘AFS Statement on Ethics: Principles of Professional Responsibility’: English
  • Association of Art Museum Directors, ‘Professional Practices in Art Museums’: English
  • Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, ‘Ethical Guidelines for Good Research Practice’: English
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ‘Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies’: English
  • Canadian Archaeological Association, ‘Principles of Ethical Conduct’: English|French
  • Canadian Archaeological Association, ‘Statement of Principles for Ethical Conduct Pertaining to Aboriginal Peoples’: English|French
  • International Council of Museums, ‘Code of Ethics for Museums’: English|French|Spanish|Other languages
  • International Council on Archives, ‘Code of Ethics’: English|French|Other languages
  • International Sociological Association, ‘Code of Ethics’ : English|French
  • Museums Aotearoa Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o te Motu, ‘Code of Ethics & Professional Practice for Governing Bodies, Managers and Staff of Museums and Art Galleries in Aotearoa New Zealand’: English
  • Oral History Association of Australia, ‘Guidelines of Ethical Practice’: English
  • UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), ‘Global Code of Ethics for Tourism’: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
  • UNESCO, ‘International Code of Ethics for Dealers in Cultural Property’: Multilingual

Examples of guidance documents

  • Canada (Government of), Voluntary Codes: A Guide for their Development and Use, A joint initiative of the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada, and the Regulatory Affairs Division, Treasury Board Secretariat. Ottawa, ON: Distribution Services Communications Branch: English|French
  • United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), ‘General Comment No. 17: The right of everyone to benefit from the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he or she is the author’: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
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