EDASA Code of Conduct


The following code of ethics was originally developed by the International Economic Development Council and was adopted by EDASA in May 2020.


EDASA Members:


Shall carry out their responsibilities in a manner that brings respect to the profession, the economic developer and the economic developer's organisation.

Will practice with integrity and adherence to the trust placed in them both in fact and in appearance.

Will hold themselves free of any interest, influence, or relationship in respect to any professional activity when dealing with clients which could impair professional judgement or objectivity or which in the reasonable view of the observer, has that effect.

Are mindful that they are representatives of the community they serve and shall represent the overall community interest.

Shall strive to keep the community, elected officials, boards and other stakeholders informed about the progress and efforts of their area's economic development program.

Shall maintain in confidence the affairs of any client, colleague or organization and shall not disclose confidential information obtained in the course of professional activities.

Shall openly share information with members according to protocols established by EDASA. Such protocols shall be disclosed to members from time to time.

Shall cooperate with peers for the betterment of economic development technique, ability and practice and to strive to enhance their skills and professional abilities through training and educational opportunities.

Shall assure that all economic development activities are conducted with equality of opportunity for all segments of the community without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, marital status or socioeconomic status.

Shall abide by the principles established in this code and comply with all other rules of professional conduct as promulgated by any other professional membership body to which the member is affiliated to.