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Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics Activity Guide

American Alliance of Museums

The Alliance shares an exercise that can help museums identify ethical issues to be addressed in their institutional code of ethics and improve their museum’s understanding of what “institutional” ethics issues are. It can be used in assessing an existing policy, or to help create and review a draft policy. The activity is one of many designed by the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) as part of the self-study process. It ranks highly with program participants and has been used in over 2,000 assessments.

Institutional Code of Ethics Reference Guide

American Alliance of Museums

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.

Law & Ethics: Can We Believe in Change?

American Alliance of Museums

Museum magazine looks at structuring an institutional codes of ethics to address societal engagement and public service.

Required Elements of a Museum Code of Ethics

American Alliance of Museums

In this recorded webinar, join colleagues in examining the required elements of a Code of Ethics based on national standards. Presenters discuss why every museum should have a tailored Code of Ethics that addresses the institutions specific issues, outlines its basic ethical and public trust responsibilities as a museum and educational entity, and is critical for consistent decision-making and accountability. This program is a useful tool as you prepare for Core Documents Verification.

Sample Documents

American Alliance of Museums

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample codes of ethics.

Public Trust and Accountability Standards

American Alliance of Museums

The Alliance provides information on writing an institutional codes of ethics. The document provides detail on why an institutional code of ethics is important and what it should address.

Professional Practices for Academic Museums & Galleries

Association of Academic Museums & Galleries (AAMG)

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)

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Free Management Library

The Free Management Library has resources on managing ethics in the workplace, approaches to ethical decision making, and social responsibility.

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