Tenets of the CFM Code of Ethics
As a CFM, you agree to:
Protect the health, safety, property and welfare of the public in the practice of your profession;
Establish and maintain a high standard of integrity and practice;
Practice honesty and integrity in all of your professional relationships with the public, peers and employer;
Be truthful and accurate in your professional communications;
Not express a professional opinion in deposition or before a court, administrative agency or other public forum, which may be contrary to generally-accepted scientific and floodplain management principle, without fully disclosing the basis and rationale for such an opinion;
Foster excellence in floodplain management by staying abreast of pertinent issues;
Enhance individual performance by attention to continuing education and technology;
Avoid conflicts of interest resulting in personal gain or advantage;
Be economical in the utilization of the nation’s resources through the effective use of funds, accurate assessment of flood-related hazards, and timely decision-making;
Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information;
Promote public awareness and understanding of flood-related hazards, floodplain resources and flood hazard response; and
Be dedicated to serving the profession of floodplain management and to improving the quality of life
But in reality, you can melt down floodplain management ethics into a simple checklist:
Is the action legal?
Does it comply with FPM values and ethics?
If you do it, will you feel bad?
How would it look in the newspaper?