Commitment to Professionalism

Cogent Company takes professional service seriously. As such, the Partners at Cogent Company have determined that the ethics code of the Institute of Management Consultants is a valuable starting point to make sure that

  • Our consultants are aware and adhering to a high professional standard in all of our client service.
  • Our clients are aware of the high standard to which we aspire in our engagements.

In addition to a commitment to our clients, as members of IMC USA, our Partners pledge in writing to abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics and voluntarily agree to be self-disciplined. The purpose of this Code is to help IMC USA members and CMCs maintain their professionalism and adhere to high ethical standards as they provide services to clients and in their dealings with their colleagues and the public. The individual Members and CMCs must use their judgment to apply these principles. Members and CMCs are liable to disciplinary action under the IMC USA Rules of Procedure for Enforcement of this Code if their conduct is found by the IMC USA Ethics Committee to be in violation of the Code or if it discredits the profession or IMC USA. You can download a pdf of the IMC USA Code of Ethics.

Cogent’s Commitment to Our Clients

  1. I will serve my clients with integrity, competence, independence, objectivity, and professionalism.
  2. I will mutually establish with my clients realistic expectations of the benefits and results of my services.
  3. I will only accept assignments for which I possess the requisite experience and competence to perform and will only assign staff or engage colleagues with the knowledge and expertise needed to serve my clients effectively.
  4. Before accepting any engagement, I will ensure that I have worked with my clients to establish a mutual understanding of the objectives, scope, work plan, and fee arrangements.
  5. I will treat appropriately all confidential client information that is not public knowledge, take reasonable steps to prevent it from access by unauthorized people, and will not take advantage of proprietary or privileged information, either for use by myself, the client’s firm, or another client, without the client’s permission.
  6. I will avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of such and will immediately disclose to the client circumstances or interests that I believe may influence my judgment or objectivity.
  7. I will offer to withdraw from a consulting assignment when I believe my objectivity or integrity may be impaired.
  8. I will refrain from inviting an employee of an active or inactive client to consider alternative employment without prior discussion with the client.

My Commitment to Fiscal Integrity

  1. I will agree in advance with a client on the basis for fees and expenses and will charge fees that are reasonable and commensurate with the services delivered and the responsibility accepted.
  2. I will not accept commissions, remuneration, or other benefits from a third party in connection with the recommendations to a client without that client’s prior knowledge and consent, and I will disclose in advance any financial interests in goods or services that form part of such recommendations.

My Commitment to the Public and the Profession

  1. If within the scope of my engagement, I will report to appropriate authorities within or external to the client organization any occurrences of malfeasance, dangerous behavior, or illegal activities.
  2. I will respect the rights of consulting colleagues and consulting firms and will not use their proprietary information or methodologies without permission.
  3. I will represent the profession with integrity and professionalism in my relations with my clients, colleagues, and the general public.
  4. I will not advertise my services in a deceptive manner nor misrepresent or denigrate individual consulting practitioners, consulting firms, or the consulting profession.
  5. If I perceive a violation of the Code, I will report it to the Institute of Management Consultants USA and will promote adherence to the Code by other member consultants working on my behalf.

We are happy to discuss our commitment to this standard. If you have comments or questions, you may email us at info@cogentcompany.com.