International Association for Impact Assessment IAIA

IAIA is a forum for advancing innovation, development, and communication of best practice in impact assessment. Our international membership promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental, social, health and other forms of assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development. (Homepage).

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Mission, Vision, Values: Professional Code of Conduct, and Ethical Responsibilities – IAIA is an organization with a voluntary membership of professionals from a diverse array of interests and organizations, all of whom are concerned with environmental stewardship and sustainability. Collectively, our goal is to protect, not harm, the earth and its environments and peoples.

Our Vision:

  • IAIA is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects.

Our Mission:

  • To provide the international forum for advancing innovation and communication of best practice in all forms of impact assessment so as to further the development of local, regional, and global capacity in impact assessment.

Our Values:

  • IAIA promotes the application of integrated and participatory approaches to impact assessment, conducted to the highest professional standards.
  • IAIA believes the assessment of the environmental, social, economic, cultural, and health implications for proposals to be a critical contribution to sound decision-making processes, and to equitable and sustainable development.
  • IAIA is committed to the promotion of sustainability, the freedom of access to information, and the right of citizens to have a voice in decisions that affect them. When we assess the impact of policies, plans, programs, or projects, we promote the free flow of complete, unbiased and accurate information to decision makers and affected parties. We believe that impact assessments should be inclusive and comprehensive, addressing the broader social and health impacts as well as any impacts on the biophysical environment. Respect for human rights and human dignity should underpin all assessments. We acknowledge that we have a duty of care to both present and future generations.

Our Ethical Responsibilities:

Professional Responsibilities: IAIA as an organization promotes the following:

  • We compile or review impact assessments with integrity and honesty, and free from misrepresentation or deliberate bias.
  • Our personal beliefs should not interfere with fair representation of the potential impacts of policies, plans, programs, and projects.
  • We uphold the principle of freedom of access to information and the right of citizens to participate in decisions.
  • We subscribe to a holistic approach to impact assessment.
  • We seek sustainable and equitable outcomes from human actions that affect ecosystem and social functions.
  • We will seek to encourage a process of impact assessment that averts infringement of the human rights of any section of society.
  • We do not condone the use of violence, harassment, intimidation or undue force in connection with any aspect of impact assessment or implementation of an intervention arising from impact assessment.
  • We conduct impact assessments in the awareness that different groups in society experience benefits and harm in different ways. We seek to take gender and other social differences into account, and we are especially mindful of the concerns of indigenous peoples.
  • We strive to promote considerations of equity as a fundamental element of impact assessment.
  • We give due regard to the rights and interests of future generations.
  • We strive for excellence by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.
  • We do not advance our private interests to the detriment of the public, our clients or employing institutions.

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