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A celebration of 25 years of the ICMCI

A collection of best practice and activities of member Institutes

In May 1987, thirty-two management consultants from ten countries met to explore the common ground between professional institutes which were known to certify individual management consultants. At the end of the two day meeting the delegates proposed the formation of an International Council of Management Consulting Institutes to improve the certification of management consultants around the world. IMCs of seven countries formed the founding members of the new Council.

In 1989 the Council organizational structure including membership requirements and application process were in place. Membership had grown to ten IMCs with four applications pending. The thirty delegates from eleven countries who attended this session ratified the structure and membership criteria, agreed to establish ICMCI as a Swiss Verein and approved the ICMCI Code of Professional Conduct. This ICMCI Code became the first and still may be the only international code of conduct of any profession.

In 1993 the ICMCI strategic plan was adopted by the members. The features of this plan included:

  • International Standards
    To develop and update international professional standards and ensure (national) member institutes support and adherence.
  • International Recognition
    To develop support from key international influencers and national institutes for the value of certification, and to achieve worldwide recognition of the CMC international designation as the world-class benchmark of management consultancy competence, objectivity, independence, and professionalism.
  • Membership Development
    To encourage into membership all appropriately qualified national certifying institutes around the world.
  • Member Services and Communications
    To support current and prospective members with relevant services, including networking, information sharing, and programs to enhance growth and market recognition within each country.
  • Funding and Revenue Generation
    To obtain members' support for the real costs of running ICMCI and to develop a wider range of funding sources and revenue-generating programs to achieve our mission and vision.
  • Organization
    To enhance organizational effectiveness through cost efficient methods and structure.

The Council also approved CMC as the universal designation for certified management consultants.

ICMCI's first years focused on developing world-class professional standards and making it the credible federation of national professional associations certifying consultants. Today ICMCI is focusing on implementing the ten programs within its strategic plan. In the end, clients, agencies, educational institutions, ICMCI member associations, and all management consultants will benefit from the development of one of the few professional organizations committed to global standards.

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