Institute of Management Consultants new affiliate

Phil Guerin CMC FIMCNZ
President IMC New Zealand

Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) New Zealand is proud to collaborate with Transparency International New Zealand to fight corruption. TINZ and IMC NZ are both part of global networks that support fair and ethical behaviour.

IMC NZ provides professional development and standards for management consultants and certifies the CMC designation. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation is a mark of competence, experience and ethical standards that includes a commitment to a Code of Professional Conduct.

IMC aims to strengthen that commitment by educating consultants on real-life ethical dilemmas. We are looking to our collaboration with TINZ to help us achieve that goal through joint training initiatives and information-sharing. By this means, IMC NZ will help advocate for effective integrity systems to maintain trust and confidence in New Zealand’s institutions. Affiliation with TINZ provides IMC NZ with more professional development opportunities for our members and lets IMC NZ share consultants’ insights with the broader community.

Anyone can call themselves a consultant. Membership of IMC NZ puts a stake in the ground that a management consultant commits to specific standards and will be held accountable to them. Our formal affiliation with TINZ reinforces that commitment and extends it from our personal behaviour to taking responsibility for the behaviour we see around us.

Management consultants are trusted advisors to Government, business and not-for-profits. We can influence behaviour and guide leaders on how to ensure fairness and transparency.

We can also warn when a line is about to be crossed. New Zealand is consistently in the top five rankings of the international Corruptions Perceptions Index for its public service and judiciary. That is no reason for complacency. Consultants are well placed to prevent or call out government and private sector behaviour such as:

  • Board members directing contracts to their own companies without due process;
  • Software companies wooing executives with overseas trips to win contracts;
  • Bullying or intimidation of employees performing due diligence or proper process;
  • Hidden commissions or rebates paid to secure contracts.

These kinds of practices can become accepted if not confronted and promptly exposed. A management consultant who is aware of the need for good governance, robust integrity systems and transparency can help avoid corrupt practices taking hold.

Through collaboration with TINZ, IMC NZ’s members will have access to regular professional development to help them combat corruption. We look forward to promoting this partnership and providing greater assurance to our members’ clients.

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TINZ Chair Suzanne Snively, and President of IMC NZ, Phil Guerin, sign the MOU at 2020 TINZ AGM[/caption]

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