The Ethics & Compliance Officers Association is an organization that works to promote the practices of ethics and compliance within the Ethics & Compliance Association. As part of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, the organization provides a community where members exchange and communicate ideas. This community of members include organizations and individuals such as global practitioners, partners, thought-leaders and academicians.
The first meeting of the ECOA occurred in 1991 and following the meeting the Ethics Officer Association formed. The name changed to its current ECOA in 2005.
Members of ECOA have access to the Ethics Research Center and the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute. Organization members receive NBES Reports, use of the Ethics Research Center's Short Survey and communicate with peers in Best Practice and Industry Groups. Individual members also have access to the groups and reports. The organization also promotes a partner program, open to any individual or organization with an interest in ethics and compliance.
Members received certification in Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance through the Ethics & Compliance Initiative. Members who show an evidence of knowledge, dedication and leadership in ethics and compliance receive the certificate. The certification program falls under the responsibility of the Board of the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute.