As the professional body for HR and people development, the CIPD is the voice of a worldwide community of more than 135,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives. We set high standards of entry for membership and require all of our members to adhere to the standards and behaviours (‘obligations’) set out in this Code of Professional Conduct.

These obligations are grouped into principles of Professional Competence and Behaviour, Ethical Standards and Integrity, Representative of the Profession and Stewardship. They apply universally – at all stages of a CIPD member’s career, regardless of size, sector or specialism, and your membership commits you to upholding and maintaining these. In order to consider allegations of misconduct, Complaint and Conduct procedures apply and these are set out in the CIPD’s Regulations available on the website.


1 Professional Competence and Behaviour

Members of the CIPD shall:

1.1  maintain professional knowledge and competence

1.2  seek appropriate support if business needs require involvement in new areas of activity

1.3  ensure that they provide a professional, up to date and insightful service

1.4  accept responsibility for their own professional actions and decisions

1.5  apply professional high standards of relevance, accuracy and timeliness in the information and advice they provide to stakeholders.


2 Ethical Standards and Integrity

Members of the CIPD shall:

2.1  establish, maintain and develop business relationships based on confidence, trust and respect

2.2  exhibit and defend professional and personal integrity and honesty at all times

2.3  demonstrate sensitivity for the customs, practices, culture and personal beliefs of others

2.4  advance employment and business practices that promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion and support human rights and dignity

2.5  safeguard all confidential, commercially sensitive and personal data acquired as a result of business relationships and not use it for personal advantage or the benefit or detriment of third parties


3 Representative of the profession

Members of the CIPD shall:

3.1  always act in a way which supports and upholds the reputation of the profession

3.2  be mindful of their responsibilities as professional people towards the wider community

3.3  comply with prevailing laws and not encourage, assist or collude with others who may be engaged in unlawful conduct

3.4  exhibit personal leadership as a role model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct

3.5  be mindful of the distinction between acting in a personal and professional capacity.


4 Stewardship

Members of the CIPD shall:

4.1 demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in the treatment of people who are operating within their sphere of influence

4.2 challenge others if they suspect unlawful or unethical conduct or behaviour

4.3 ensure that their professional judgement is not compromised nor could be perceived as being compromised because of bias, or the undue influence of others

4.4 promote appropriate people management and development practices to influence and enable the achievement of business objectives

4.5 ensure those working for them have the appropriate level of competence, supervision and support.


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