The Declaration seeks to document widely held principles of the statistical profession and to identify the factors that obstruct their implementation.

The Declaration on Professional Ethics 2010 was published on World Statistics Day (20 October 2010). The 2010 Declaration succeeded the first International Statistical Institute (ISI) Declaration on Professional Ethics from 1985. The Declaration on Professional Ethics consists of a statement of Shared Professional Values and a set of Ethical Principles that derive from these values. It offers a framework within which the conscientious statistician should be able to work comfortably. The ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics is available in several languages.