Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics and Conduct is structured in the following sections:

  1. Fundamental values
  2. Competence
  3. Context
  4. Boundary management
  5. Integrity
  6. Professionalism
  7. Breaches of the code

COMENSA's fundamental values are:


(a) Inclusivity: Coach/mentors will conduct themselves in a way that demonstrates an understanding and respect for the dignity and diversity of all people. The coach/mentor is committed to the transformation of South Africa and the promotion of equal opportunities for all.

(b) Dignity: The coach/mentor is primarily responsible for providing the best possible service to the client and to cause no harm to any client or sponsor.

(c) Integrity: The coach/mentor is committed to functioning with integrity, professionalism and personal responsibility. As a fundamental principle of ethics, the coach/mentor is accountable for his/her own conduct.

To download the Code of Ethics and Conduct in pdf format, click here.


Ethics Toolkit for Coaches and Mentors


COMENSA accepts the definition of Ethics as a moral philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. Ethics is a set of moral principles that govern a person or group's behaviour.

As a rule, we all feel that we understand the difference between right and wrong and, as Coaches and Mentors, we certainly enter our chosen profession with a desire to help rather than harm. However, the mere fact that we come into contact with people who may have conflicting values and operating philosophies, means that we must pay particular attention to ethical practices and standards.

Being a coach or mentor means that we place ourselves in a position of trust with our clients and it is beholden upon us to ensure that we not only act in a morally responsible and professional manner, but that we equip ourselves with the tools to resolve the moral and ethical conflicts that arise as a consequence of the close interaction of our work.

Please click here to download this Ethics Toolkit which is designed to help coaches and mentors become proactive in their ethical behaviour and to provide a useful resource that enables them to make the right decisions from a position that is morally comfortable to all stakeholders.

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