International Feng Shui Guild® Code of Ethics
The IFSG recognizes the importance of setting high professional standards for our members and communicating those ethical principles to the general public as a way of inspiring their trust and support for our members. Thus, the IFSG Code of Ethics was created.
All Red Ribbon Professional, Professional members, and Student Members are required to sign and adhere to the Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.
Member responsibilities to the Public, to the Client, and to each other are as follows:
Consultants shall act in the best interest of their client to ensure the best possible outcome.
The professional manner of consultants towards clients should be positive, supportive, and competent, without making unsustainable promises about the outcome of any consultation.
A Feng Shui consultation should not be performed with the intent of taking advantage of the client and/or their perceived economic worth.
A consultant should never instill fear or put pressure on clients, their family or staff by arousing unsubstantiated fear or anxiety for their health or well-being. Consultants should not exploit vulnerability or ignorance or abuse trust.
Consultants shall hold all information provided by the client as private and confidential and not disclose any information or photographs about the client, their family or project, without express prior consent of the client.
Consultants should ensure that the client understands the recommendations given during or after their Feng Shui consultation.
Education and Training
Member consultants are expected to expand their knowledge and skills through continuing education as part of their professional growth, and are encouraged to support the development of the Feng Shui profession worldwide.
Member consultants shall provide professional service and behavior (whether paid or unpaid) to the public and clients, ensuring their safety physically, spiritually, and psychologically. The consultant commits to maintaining integrity, dignity and honesty and upholding the highest reputation of the IFSG and of Feng Shui.
Members shall neither offer nor make any payments or gifts to any public official, nor take any other action with the intent of unduly influencing judgment in connection with a project in which the member is interested. Members shall perform with the highest professional and legal conduct. Potential conflicts of interests, as well as financial rewards beyond normal payment should be avoided.
Members may ONLY act as Spokespersons on the behalf of the IFSG with prior written consent from the organization.
Inclusion on the IFSG Consultants list of professional practitioners is not an endorsement or guarantee of the ability or skill of those consultants by the IFSG. (See our disclaimer on the website.)
Advertising of Practitioners’ services, background and skills is accurate, ethical and dignified in tone and does not contain unsuitable testimonials or claims.
Member consultants shall ONLY undertake professional work and responsibility which by training and experience they are competent to perform.
IFSG officers and directors are expected to uphold the mission of the IFSG which includes openness to the diversity of teachings within our membership.
Practitioner personal beliefs should not prejudice interactions with regard to a client's lifestyle, culture, belief, race, color, gender, sexuality, age, social status or perceived economic worth.
Plagiarism, including total or partial reproduction of text or verbiage by another without express consent or without the correct reference, is unethical and will be evaluated by the Board as ground for cancellation of membership.
Consultants agree to honor the copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property of another, recognizing that any infringement is unethical and debases their own integrity as well as our profession. Infringements might include the unauthorized use of pictures, framing another's website within your own without permission, or using another's trademarks without their permission. Trademark infringement includes use of an identifying mark, work, phrase, color, picture or layout that could lead to a likelihood of confusion with the legitimate holder of a valid trade or service mark.
Members performing Community Service projects shall adhere to professional standards of conduct and ethics, shall maintain client privacy, and shall always act in the best interest of the client.
No participant in Community Service group consultations may benefit professionally or financially or use the client as a reference without express permission of the client and the agreement of other participant members.
Laws, Regulations, and Codes
Members shall comply with all existing national, state and local laws as well as regulation and codes governing building, civil, criminal and general business procedures as established by all applicable jurisdictions in which they practice.