This Code of Conduct has been agreed by each Member company. It seeks to establish a set of standards for professional practice that fosters the development of a mutual relationship of trust and respect between the client and the design company.
The first responsibility of a Member company is to its client. In discharging that responsibility Members are expected to act in a competent and efficient manner.
No Member company will denigrate the industry by contravening the laws of the state.
A Member company must be fair in criticism and shall not denigrate the work or reputation of another Member company.
A Member company shall not knowingly accept a particular project upon which another company has been or is acting without notifying the other company.
A Member company working or seeking work in a country other than Ireland shall observe the relevant Code of Conduct of the national society concerned, providing that this relevant code is within the spirit of the Design Business Ireland Code of Conduct.
A Member company should not work simultaneously on projects where there is a perceived conflict of interest without first informing the clients involved.
A Member company should not divulge to any other party information about a client which is confidential or which may be detrimental to his or her business. Each Member company must ensure that each member of its staff is bound by a non-disclosure agreement.
A Member company should not give or receive substantial benefits which might cause an obligation to any party in a contract and therefore not best serve its client’s interests.
A Member company may promote its services by all normal commercial means, such as advertising or public relations activity, providing this is legal and within the spirit of the Code of Conduct.
A Member company shall not knowingly copy or pass off the work of another company as its own.