The ICOM Ethics Committee advises ICOM in all matters relating to museum professional ethics. The members of the Committee, whose mandate is renewed triennially, are appointed by ICOM’s President. The Committee operates in parallel to the Legal Affairs Committee and the Finance and Resources Committee, and works under the authority of the Executive Board.
The objectives of the Ethics Committee are as follows:
- Monitor the application of ICOM's Code of Ethics for Museums, inform the Executive Board of serious violations of the Code, and eventually request that certain recommendations be published;
- Recommend to the Executive Board, the Advisory Council and eventually the General Assembly, any changes or additions to ICOM's Code of Ethics for Museums that may be found necessary;
- Review on behalf of ICOM other Codes of Ethics that may be developed by the subordinate bodies of ICOM concerning their specialised domains;
- Maintain awareness and advise the Executive Board on evolving ethical issues affecting museums and their work within the cultural heritage sector today; submit a general report on the Committee’s work during the preceding triennium to each General Assembly coinciding with the General Conference of ICOM.
Chair: Sally Yerkovich (USA)
Members: Chedlia ANNABI (Tunisia), Johannes BELTZ (Switzerland), Luisa DE PEÑA DÍAZ (Dominican Republic), Zhao FENG (China), Carlos Roberto FERREIRA BRANDÃO (Brazil)(Member of ICOM Executive Board), Mikhail GNEDOVSKY (Russia), Julie HIGASHI (Japan), Rooksana OMAR (South Africa), Robert PETERS (Germany), Per REKDAL (Norway), Steph SCHOLTEN (Netherlands), Kaja ŠIROK (Slovenia) and Matthew TRINCA (Australia)
Ex-officio: Alberto GARLANDINI (Italy) (President of ICOM)