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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.

Alliance Resources

Institutional Code of Ethics Reference Guide

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?

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

Public Trust and Accountability Standards

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.

Sample Documents

The Alliance provides Tier 3 museum members with sample codes of ethics from other museums.


Other Resources

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

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

Professional Practices for Academic Museums & Galleries

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)

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