Core Principle

As Linguists, we are responsible for bridging communities with different cultures and add values to the organizations we serve. We accept professional responsibility for our individual decisions and actions. We are also advocates for the profession by engaging in activities that enhance its credibility and value.

Intent

  • To build respect, credibility and strategic importance for the Translator profession within the business community in which we work.
  • To assist the organizations we serve in achieving their objectives and goals.
  • To deliver positive values of humanity
  • To inform and educate current and future practitioners and the general public about principles and practices that help the profession.
  • To encourage social responsibility.

 

Guidelines

  • Adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior.
  • Measure the effectiveness of linguistic services in contributing to or achieving organizational goals.
  • Comply with the law.
  • Cherish Confidentiality.
  • Work consistent with the values of the profession.
  • Strive to achieve the highest levels of service, performance and social responsibility.

 

Honesty

As clients rely on linguists to translate one language to another one that they may not familiarized with, it is crucial for us to strive for honesty in all linguistic tasks, including but not limited to translating information honestly, do not fabricate, falsify, or misrepresent data.

Integrity

Return jobs on time as agreed. Act according to promises and agreements. Do not take jobs if you are not specialised in.

Respect your profession, value it by your specialities but not only by money.

Carefulness

Avoid careless errors and negligence; carefully and critically examine your own work and the work of your peers.

Respect for Intellectual Property

Communicate with clients on whom should possess the intellectual property right of the translated work. Plagiarism is not allowed.

Confidentiality

Protect confidential communications, such as papers or grants submitted for publication, personnel records, trade or military secrets, and patient records.

Responsible Mentoring

Help to educate and share your experiences to juniors.

Social Responsibility

Translators are the pioneer of a society, people know the facts by reading your works and mostly you are the only ones who have the chance to read the original document. Do not arouse social harms through publication, education, and advocacy.

Think about your readers, try to enhance the readability of work so as to facilitate quality communications.

Impartiality

Translators should be impartial to all clients. One should think on behalf of their clients and do not inflict losses upon clients by making use of your language ability and speciality.

Competence

As professionals we must strive to meet the highest standards of competence and commit to strengthen our competencies on a continuous basis. Deeply understand the needs of clients.

Maintain and improve your own professional competence and expertise through lifelong education and learning; Pursue formal academic opportunities; Pursue certification where available, or comparable measures of competencies and knowledge.

Conflicts of Interest

As linguists, we must maintain a high level of trust with our stakeholders. We must protect the interests of our stakeholders as well as our professional integrity and should not engage in activities that create actual, apparent, or potential conflicts of interest.

To avoid activities that are in conflict or may appear to be in conflict with any of the provisions of this Code of Ethical in Linguistic Activities or with one’s responsibilities and duties as a member of the profession.

Refrain from using your position for personal, material or financial gain or the appearance of such; Refrain from giving or seeking preferential treatment in the translation processes; Prioritize your obligations to identify conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof; when conflicts arise, disclose them to relevant stakeholders.

Legality

Adhere to any statutory acts, regulation or by-laws which relate to the field of your profession, as well as all civil and criminal laws, regulations and statutes that apply in one’s jurisdiction.

Not knowingly or otherwise engage in or condone any activity or attempt to circumvent the clear intention of the law.