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Statement of ESOA Organizational Principles

To promote fair business practices, The Executive Search Owners Association (ESOA) maintains a strong ethical code of conduct for its members. Regarding, Member, Client, and Consultant interactions, our member companies adhere to a framework of ethical business practices.

ESOA members:

  • DO adhere to the tenet of equal opportunity for all regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or genetic information.

  • DO abide by all applicable international, federal, state and local laws regarding the operation of their business.

  • DO NOT engage in illegal restraint of trade, unfair competition or violation of anti-trust laws.

  • DO promote free and fair competition among members.

  • DO NOT defame members, clients, candidates, consultants, or competitors.

  • DO preserve all proprietary information relating to the business of their prospects, clients, and ESOA Members.

  • DO actively avoid misrepresenting a Candidate’s skills or experience.

  • DO NOT misrepresent a Candidate's salary, pay rate, contract terms, assignment duration, or other subjects pertinent to the business relationship.

  • DO NOT induce consultants to breach or improperly interfere with a contractual relationship.

  • DO have a clear policy for payment of consulting, marketing and recruiting personnel.

  • DO comply with clients' established business practices including those policies relating to gifts and gratuities to client employees.

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