The Professional integrity and Ethics Committee was established in 2003 in response to the public outcry following a series of events that put professionalism and in particular professional integrity and ethics into question. It was mandated to investigate and address such concerns as a long-term measure. This committee addresses issues relating to ethics, codes of conduct and supporting legislation. It also consults with member associations seeking to know the legal framework and codes of conduct of each and the enforceability or otherwise of the same.
The EACC in collaboration with APSEA have initiated programmes geared towards enhancing ethics and good corporate governance among professionals and the private sector as a corruption prevention strategy.
Formulation and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for professional associations was one of the strategies identified at a workshop under the auspices of APSEA and the tehn KACC in November 2006. The workshop entitled “Governance, Ethics and Integrity among Professionals”, provided a platform for participants across the professional spectrum to identify and discuss challenges that lead to poor governance and corruption in the various professional sub-sectors. Participants proposed 12 resolutions which provided a roadmap to addressing identified challenges.
In an effort to fulfill this mandate, the Professional Integrity and Ethics Committee (PIEC) in 2007, partnered with the Ethics Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) and launched a programme to support APSEA Corporate members to develop and where applicable, strengthen professional codes of conduct and ethics as a strategy to enhance good governance and address corruption in the delivery of professional services. This was in fulfillment of one of the resolutions made by participants drawn from across the professional spectrum during the workshop on Governance, Ethics and Integrity among Professionals, held in October, 2006 at the Kenya School of Law.
Through this partnership, six professional associations have benefited:
APSEA is currently working with 5 other Corporate Members who have enlisted the same support namely: