Certified consultants bound by strict code

We are grateful that the report on Sunday highlighted that there are indeed consultants who do a minimum amount of work for their clients ("Consultants or con men? Iras on alert").

It is unfortunate that these black sheep are often the ones highlighted to the public.

But for every one of these questionable consultants, there are many more excellent ones who work quietly in the background to help their clients' businesses to improve, be more competitive and grow.

This varied standard of consultancy is real, and it is exactly because of this that the Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council - an independent certification body for professional management consultants - was set up, to differentiate the wheat from the chaff.

The Practising Management Consultants (PMCs) who have been certified by us were assessed through a rigorous process and are bound by a code of professional ethics. They are also required to undertake continuing professional development to ensure currency and relevance in the marketplace.

They are also governed by a disciplinary process that could result in their certification being revoked if they are found to be guilty of unprofessional conduct.

Should anyone, whether a business organisation or government agency, have a complaint against a management consultant who is one of our certified PMCs, he is welcome to come to us and we will investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, we encourage businesses seeking good management consultants to check them against our list of more than 400 certified PMCs, who we are confident exhibit a high degree of professionalism and integrity and who are insured against professional liability.

Lau Chuen Wei (Miss)

Executive Director

Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Certified consultants bound by strict code'. Print Edition | Subscribe