Code of Ethics
The Alliance has compiled this set of code of ethics resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.
The Alliance shares a reference guide that aims to help museums develop a code of ethics, a core document supporting a museum’s mission and purpose. The guide explains what a code of ethics is, why it is important and considerations for developing one. It reflects national standards and is in line with the requirements of the Alliance’s Core Documents Verification and Accreditation programs.
This Museum magazine article looks at structuring an institutional codes of ethics to address societal engagement and public service.
The Alliance provides information on writing institutional codes of ethics. The document provides detail on why an institutional code of ethics is important and what it should address.
The Alliance provides Tier 3 museum members with sample codes of ethics from other museums.
The Free Management Library has resources on managing ethics in the workplace, approaches to ethical decision making, and social responsibility.
The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) provides best practices drawn from those of other museum organizations–American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)–that are aligned with the categories currently used by AAM to better guide museums on the path to national accreditation or reaccreditation. (PDF, 24 pages)