1. Transparency-TCI conducts its affairs with professionalism, openness and transparency so that all members and the outside world can clearly see its objectives, activities, events and working methods.


2. Participation--TCI encourages member participation by fostering opportunities for not only learning but also presenting and sharing their own experiences in TCI events.


3. Inclusiveness-TCI actively reaches out and involves people of all continents (and islands), nationalities, cultures and genders so that members can be enriched by global perspectives.


4. Excellence-TCI was founded to improve the quality and standards of excellence in competitiveness, cluster development and regional and national economic development and is committed to preserving and continually raising the standards of excellence of its members and of the organization.


5. Respect-With no diminishing of TCI's commitment to quality and excellence, TCI has a high level of openness to different strategies, techniques and non-traditional approaches and therefore accommodates a variety of schools of thought with an attitude of respect.


6. The Value of Networking-TCI believes that networking--fostering linkages among people and facilitating the free exchange of ideas among regions--is both a powerful means and an end in itself in the new relationships formed and new initiatives undertaken.


7. Social Purpose and Impact-Apart from immediate benefits to members, TCI has a higher social purpose of making a major impact on theory and practice of economic growth contributing directly to improved human development and better standards of living-and to extending this impact to regions where this understanding is most needed.



1. TCI seeks to identify and disseminate better practices but does not endorse any specific consultancy, government program or civil society organization.


2. TCI seeks to avoid utilization of the organization for narrow commercial purposes by any individual member or sponsor.


3. TCI has universal aspirations. While seeking to disseminate good practices, it hesitates to endorse a particular company, political party, government or university in ways that can create institutional rivalries or that would indicate undue bias.


4. TCI seeks to have a positive and important social impact. It will grow only to the extent that its members feel that all are being well served. Therefore, TCI acts transparently, keeps members well informed of activities and encourages broad involvement of members in its events, in particular through the web site and the newsletter and through e-mails to members.


5. TCI welcomes corporate membership and sponsorship of events and activities with clear guidelines for visibility, access and use of corporate logos in the context of TCI events and communications.


6. TCI will own and control its own website, logos and brand name.


7. TCI membership lists will not be sold or utilized for purposes other than those consistent with TCI objectives and values. TCI will not sell its membership list to any third party. If a member wishes to conduct a survey for research purposes, this will be handled through TCI Secretariat conditioned by prior member approval and on a case by case basis, unless TCI implements the survey itself. From time to time, TCI may also conduct membership surveys to improve its member service.



1. TCI will post its agenda of events and official representations on the web site and indicate place, date and official TCI participation in the form of organizer, chairperson and speakers.


2. TCI creates value for members by enabling them to mobilize other experts from the network for certain projects or research activities. Networking and professional interaction is encouraged among all members of TCI, regardless of their affiliation. However, when such involvement could raise conflict-of-interest concerns for TCI, these possible conflicts should be communicated to TCI Secretariat who will communicate them to the Board of Directors for counsel where appropriate. Furthermore, Directors and Advisors will communicate potential conflicts of interest affecting TCI to TCI Secretariat who will in turn communicate these to the Board of Directors where appropriate.


3. The TCI Board of Directors and Staff will provide pending business to the General Assembly and Members at least one week in advance so that these may participate knowledgeably in the elections, deliberations and decisions.



1. TCI speakers at conferences typically talk about their or their organization's experience, their cluster, their methodology and their policies. Indeed, this is what others come to hear. TCI members often use their own logos discreetly and put their best ideas forward while avoiding excessive self-promotion or marketing that can detract from the desired impact.


2. TCI encourages TCI corporate sponsorship in ways consistent with maintaining high levels of quality and relevance in its plenary sessions at its annual conferences.


3. TCI members ascribe to TCI code of ethics regarding its being an organization open equally to all cultures, races, genders and nationalities.


4. TCI events should normally encourage new membership and participation at TCI events for non-members should normally be at an appropriate cost recognizing that TCI members receive either free or discounted access to such events.