As a part of the Institute’s mission to advance the professionalization of GHG management, the Institute launched (in 2008) a consultative process to develop an ethical Code of Conduct for GHG practitioners (e.g., carbon management professionals, climate change officers, verifiers, carbon accountants, etc.).
In March 2009, the the Institute released Version 1 of the Code of Conduct for its Members as a key pillar of the Institute’s professional and member programs. The Code was developed with the active involvement of a Sub-Committee that was comprised of recognized experts from a broad spectrum of the GHG management field. The process for the development of the Code took almost a year and involved an open and wide consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
The Sub-Committee on the Code of Conduct included the following members representing different stakeholder interest groups and geographical regions:
- Tom Baumann, Chair, GHG Management Institute, Canada
- Michael Gillenwater, Vice-Chair, GHG Management Institute, USA
- Tim Stumhofer, Coordinator, GHG Management Institute, USA
- Einar Telnes, Chief Technology Officer, Kolibri Group, USA
- Lloyd Irland, President, The Irland Group and Lecturer and Senior Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies USA
- Pankaj Bhatia, Director, GHG Protocol Initiative, World Resources Institute, USA
- Tim Moore, Managing Director, Balance Carbon, Australia
- Penny Baalman, Managing Director, GHG Offset Services, Australia
- Grant Kirkman, Team Leader, CDM Methodologies Unit, UNFCCC, Germany
- Kerri Henry, Trading Regimes, Environment Canada, Canada
- Brian Glazebrook, Manager, Supply Chain Social Responsibility, Cisco, USA
- Stanford Mwakasonda, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Tinus Pulles, TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, The Netherlands
Development of the Code of Conduct
Step 1: Development of Working Draft 1 From March 2008 until September 2008, a working draft of the Code of Conduct (“Code”) was prepared by Institute staff on the basis of research of codes in such disciplines as engineering and accounting, among others.
Step 2: Formation of Sub-Committee and Advisory Group in September 2008, the Institute formed a sub-committee of members that have demonstrated through practice, a high level of professional excellence. At the same time, a broader advisory group was established.
Step 3: Working Draft 1 Review and Development of Working Draft 2 From September 2008 until November 2008, Working Draft 1 was reviewed by the sub-committee members and Working Draft 2 was prepared for public consultation.
Step 4: Public Consultation From December 2008 until February 2009, the public was invited to provide comments on Working Draft 2 using an online questionnaire to systematically compile and the assess input.
Step 5: Assessment of Public Comments and Development of Final Draft Based on the results of the public consultation, a final draft was prepared and submitted to the sub-committee members for review and comment.
Step 6: Release of Version 1 of the Code of Conduct after one year of development, consultations with leading GHG practitioners and the public. The Institute released its Code of Conduct in March 2009.