Background & History of CMC-Global

CMC-Global is an international membership organisation and a network of the management advisory and consultancy associations and institutes worldwide, who have a common purpose and shared values and goals.
In 1987, thirty-two management consultants from ten countries met in Paris to explore the common ground between professional institutes which were known to certify individual management consultants. The initiative for this meeting came from John Roethle, then Chairman of the Institute of Management Consultants of the United States. The IMCs from Canada and the UK were the first to support the initiative. The meeting resulted in a joint proposal to the formation of an International Council of Management Consulting Institutes to improve the certification of management consultants around the world. IMCs of seven countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States of America) formed the founding members of the new Council.
In 1989 the CMC-Global 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 CMC-Global as a Swiss Verein (organization type) and approved the Code of Professional Conduct. This CMC-Global Code became the first and still may be the only international code of conduct of any profession.
In 1993 the CMC-Global 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 CMC-Global also approved the CMC as the universal designation for certified management consultants. In 2013 ICMCI delegates agreed to brand the ICMCI as the CMC-Global. This name was introduced and has been in use since then.
Since this start, CMC-Global has grown both in member Institutes, in position and in achievements. A few of the main achievements are:

  • The CMC designation developed, established and being promoted globally.
  • 48 country-based Institutes of Management Consulting + Global Institute (to certify individuals in countries where there isn’t an IMC established) associated with CMC-Global.
  • A common body of knowledge and a competency model have been introduced to IMCs.
  • An International Code of Professional Conduct has been ratified
  • The model for Accredited Consulting Practices (ACPs) has been developed and implemented.
  • CMC-Global has achieved recognition and the NGO status with the United Nations.
  • A CEN-standard for management consulting has been developed and ratified.
  • Quality assurance certification is in place.
  • The Constantinus Award is established as an incentive and recognition for high-class management consulting.
  • The Academic Fellow programme is established and gaining numbers.
  • The ISO standard for management consulting (ISO 20700) has been developed and is being finalised for announcement in 2016-2017.
  • An annual International CMC Conference that started in 2013.

Our core activities, focused on the promotion and improvement of the CMC value proposition, are to:

  • Achieve common objectives to improve the profession through the IMC’s.
  • Continuously elevate the standards of management consultants worldwide and increase acceptance of management consulting as a respected profession.
  • Encourage reciprocity between national institutes with recognised universal standards and adherence to an International Code of Conduct.
  • Promote the value of the CMC to international bodies who influence the selecting and use of management consultants.

In recognition of the role management consulting plays in world trade, CMC-Global was granted Non-Government Organisation (NGO) status with Special Consulting Focus by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2001.

In 2010 our Breakthrough strategy was put forward to all member associations for approval, it focused on increasing ties within the network itself and with the outside stakeholders, many of its projects were implemented and many services were added to the CMC-Global portfolio. Those focused on increasing and strengthening our ties with Academia, the non-consulting organizations and with consulting corporations worldwide to increase the presence and acknowledgement of the CMC designation.