News | December 19th, 2019
On initiative of the German Federal Association of Business Coaching e.V. (DBVC) the DBVC and Austrian Coaching Council (ACC) founded the International Organization for Business Coaching (IOBC) on July 30, 2019. This new association strives to ensure the quality and professionalism of business coaching worldwide through advocating and securing high standards.
Since November 20th, 2019 the International Organization for Business Coaching (IOBC) may now call itself "e.V." – a registered association. The successful registration paves the way for the world's only association for professional coaching with exclusive focus on business and leadership. The IOBC represents and connects coaches and coaching experts from business, research and education & training ("Four-RingConcept").
"We see ourselves as an international umbrella organization for securing and promoting the highest quality standards and professionalism in business coaching worldwide.", says Denis Gautheret, President of the Management Board of the IOBC. Denis Gautheret was elected as chairman of the Management Board at the founding assembly in Constance on July 30, 2019.
Highest quality standards in coaching
With a strong network of business coaches and corporate, scientific, research and training experts the DBVC established high quality criteria for the German speaking coaching market. Now it is time to spread these standards for coaches, their ethical standards, the coaching process and further training internationally. Driving forces were and still are the members of the DBVC, who have been continuously living and developing quality standards for the coaching market since 2007.
"In 2016, our association decided to take an international path with the aim of establishing and securing the highest business coaching standards and quality criteria worldwide. Standards are indispensable for coaching to be a reliable professional personnel development instrument.", says Dr. Christopher Rauen, chairman of the DBVC Executive Board. 2016 marked the start of a three-year development process leading to the establishment of an international umbrella organization based in Munich. It was also the beginning of a scientific revision and thoroughgoing update of the standards to align them with the increasingly global and digital challenges of the working world.
Compendium with guidelines for the development of coaching
The current quality standards apply to all members of the IOBC and have been published free of charge in form of a digital coaching compendium entitled "Guidelines and recommendations for the development of coaching as a profession". It is available in both German and English. "We hereby deliver highest quality criteria for coaching activities to all stakeholders within the coaching industry – coaches, experts from companies, scientists and coaching trainers. We are confident that like-minded coaching associations will be founded or that existing high-quality organizations in other countries will join us.”, says Denis Gautheret.
The official website of the IOBC (www.iobc.org) contains information about the association, its goals and quality standards as well as the IOBC Network – a modern international online database of highly professional business coaches. The database provides a searchable professional platform to meet the rising global demand for high quality coaching. Now that the IOBC is officially registered in the Munich register of associations, the website and the IOBC Network will be successively expanded to include coaches from all around the world.