About IABC

IABC is the only global association connecting communication professionals with the people and insights they need to drive results.

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We represent the global profession.

As the only global communication association, we strive to advocate for the profession, represent best practices, define the global standard and live by a code of ethics.


We create connection.

We foster community and learn from each other.

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We are a diverse community.

We welcome diverse communication professionals of all levels and practices. We embrace diverse viewpoints, encourage conversation and celebrate cultural differences.

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We focus on insights and results.

We position communication as a strategic function that allows organizations to achieve their goals.

Setting a standard of excellence since 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a vibrant global membership association with thousands of members from around the world.

Who we are and what we offer

IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines. We deliver on the Global Standard in communication through our educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, online magazine and annual World Conference. We support our community of business communication professionals with innovative thinking, shared best practices, in-depth learning and career guidance.

IABC's Code of Ethics

Each member of IABC embraces the code of ethics as a guide to making consistent, responsible, ethical and legal choices in all communications.

I am honest. My actions bring respect for and trust in the communication profession.

I communicate accurate information and promptly correct any errors.

I obey laws and public policies; if I violate any law or public policy, I act promptly to correct the situation.

I protect confidential information while acting within the law.

I support the ideals of free speech, freedom of assembly, and access to an open marketplace of ideas.

I am sensitive to others cultural values and beliefs.

I give credit to others for their work and cite my sources.

I do not use confidential information for personal benefit.

I do not represent conflicting or competing interests without full disclosure and the written consent of those involved.

I do not accept undisclosed gifts or payments for professional services from anyone other than a client or employer.

I do not guarantee results that are beyond my power to deliver.

Six core principles of the communication profession


  • Communication professionals adopt the highest standards of professional behavior.


  • Acting as the organization’s voice, a communication professional expresses a single, consistent story for internal and external audiences.


  • The communication professional is sophisticated about the organization’s internal culture and external environment.


  • Communication professionals research and evaluate how to serve and promote the organization most effectively and then offer recommendations supported by direct and secondary evidence.


  • With rigor and discipline, a communication professional identifies opportunities and challenges both inside and outside of the organization.


  • A communication professional identifies and communicates with employees, customers, shareholders, regulators, government agencies and other groups with an interest in the organization’s activities.

Learn more about the Global Standard for the communication profession