ICAO places considerable importance on the maintenance of an appropriate ethical working environment. The ICAO Framework on Ethics was adopted by the Council (as Annex I to the Service Code) at its 193rd Session with an effective date of 1 January 2012, and has since been periodically revised in order to keep abreast with best practices in this area. The goal of the framework is "to provide standards leading to a fully operational ethics function within ICAO that is designed to ensure an understanding by all staff members of minimum acceptable standards of behaviour."
The Ethics Framework reiterates the importance of the ICAO Standards of Conduct and creates an independent Ethics Officer post, reporting directly to the Secretary General and to Council. The responsibilities of the Ethics Officer include prevention and outreach through the development and implementation of mandatory ethics training programmes; providing confidential ethics advice and guidance to all staff; administering the ICAO policy for the protection of staff against retaliation for reporting misconduct and for cooperating with duly authorized audits or investigations; and administering the ICAO financial disclosure and conflict of interest declaration programmes.
The Framework also sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary General, and Directors, Chiefs and Supervisors, the Ombudsman, and staff members in relation to the ICAO Standards of Conduct.
The core ICAO ethical values and principles are contained in the ICAO Standards of Conduct and apply equally to all staff members, regardless of contractual status. They are as follows: