ASPA promotes ethics and integrity in public service and governance worldwide.  ASPA's Code of Ethics implores Members to adhere to certain principles while working in the field of public service.  Also, through Membership in ASPA’s Section on Ethics, Members can access a variety of resources including the leading ethics journal in the field, Public Integrity and Ethics Today, an award-winning electronic newsletter.

ASPA promotes dialogue on social equity issues in all areas of public service such as public budgeting, government hiring practices, diversity in academia and others.  Additionally, each year at the Annual Conference, ASPA hosts the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon where it honors a public administrator who has distinguished him or herself in achieving fairness, justice and equity in government.