As members of the Association, we are expected to conduct ourselves at the highest level of professionalism and integrity. This is important because the public, which we serve through our speaking profession bestow trust and confidence upon us.
Dedicating ourselves to this code of conduct is an important part of our individual and collective success.
Thus, all members of PAPS shall subscribe to the Code of Professional Ethics as a condition of membership with all his heart and might. By doing so, you are making a strong commitment to uphold the values and ideals of our association.
Violations of this Code are determined in accordance with the bylaws, policies and procedures of PAPS. Any disciplinary action instituted by PAPS shall be binding and final upon the PAPS member and without recourse to the Association, its officers, members of staff.
Article 1— Representation
PAPS member has an obligation to oneself and to the Association to represent oneself truthfully, professionally, and in a non-misleading manner. The PAPS member shall be honest and accurate in presenting himself, his qualifications, attainments, and experience all the time in dealing with fellow members and clients.
Article 2— Professionalism
PAPS member shall act, operate his/her business, and speak in a most professional and ethical manner so as neither to offend nor bring discredit to oneself, the speaking professional or one’s fellow PAPS members.
Article 3— Research
PAPS member shall exert efforts to understand each client’s organization, needs, goals and culture before any paid or unpaid presentation, in order to professionally apply one’s expertise to meet each client’s needs and expectation.
Article 4— Intellectual Property
PAPS member shall respect other people’s work and intellectual property by avoiding, in any form or manner, the use of materials, titles or any creation by others unless approved in writing by the originator.
Article 5— Respect & Collegiality
PAPS member shall maintain a collegial relationship with fellow members that is based on respect, professional courtesy, dignity and the highest ethical standards.
Article 6— Confidentiality
PAPS member shall maintain and respect the confidentiality of business or personal affairs of clients, agents and other speakers.
Article 7— Business Practices
PAPS member is obligated to maintain a high level of ethical standards and practices in order to assist in protecting the public against fraud or any unfair practice in the speaking profession and shall attempt to eliminate from the profession all practices that could bring discredit to the speaking profession.
Article 8— Diversity and Inclusivity
PAPS member shall not participate in any agreement or activity that would limit or deny access to the marketplace to any other speaker, to a client, or to the public. This includes, but not limited to, economic factors, race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or country of national origin of any party.