Today the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) celebrates its 25th anniversary by looking back at the mantra that helped it stand the test of time.
CISI was established on 10 February 1992. Since then the not-for-profit professional body has grown from 8,000 UK-centric members to today's community of 40,000 across 116 countries.
In November 2015, CISI merged with financial planning body the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP), bringing together investment managers and lifetime planning-focused advisers under one roof.
As a professional qualifications and standards-setting body CISI has 11 national advisory councils worldwide and oversaw 40,000 exams in 80 countries last year.
So what is CISI's philosophy on professional practice?
Scott Dobbie, one of three men to ever chair the organisation, said the body's motto was "My word is my bond", which marks its approach to upholding professional standards.
He said: "The sound advice given to me on joining a then small Edinburgh stockbroker in the early 1970s was ‘Client first, firm second and self third' - advice that has stood the test of time."
Dobbie had taken over the chairmanship from Graham Ross Russell in 2000 and was succeeded by current chairman and previous Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Alan Yarrow, in 2009.
Supporting the next generation
CISI also partners with schools, colleges and universities, offering qualifications and career education for young people globally.
Chief executive Simon Culhane (pictured) said: "We aim to connect members around the world and our ambition is to inspire and equip a new generation of young people to take up the opportunities that a career in financial services provides."
Ben Gartside, a sixth form student taking part in CISI's 2016 Careers in Investment Management conference said: "It was an eye-opening experience which gave me a greater insight into the world of finance and associated careers. From attending the event I feel that a career in finance is accessible and something I would now consider."
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