Information pertaining to the CIPD’s Code of Conduct and Ethics

Will the Code of Conduct and Ethics change?

The Code sets out the obligations of all members and the CIPD takes concerns regarding alleged breaches of the Code very seriously and will continue to do so.

We recently ran an extensive review of the Code, putting stronger emphasis on ethical practice. We also wanted to make sure the Code is fulfilling its purpose as the people profession and the wider world of work evolves.

The Code will be regularly reviewed to ensure it stays relevant and that the requirements of the Code are well reflected in the knowledge and behaviour standards of the Profession Map.

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The Code of Conduct and Ethics state the obligations that we expect all CIPD members to uphold, while the Profession Map sets out the defining purpose and values of our profession, together with the knowledge and behaviours required to put those values into practice.

The Code of Conduct and Ethics applies to all CIPD members, including Students. Anyone can raise a complaint if they feel the Code has been breached; you can find a set of procedures setting out how complaints are dealt with in the CIPD regulations.

Up to the end of June 2022 the CIPD has received over 973 complaint enquiries. Where a case has been found, the sanctions applied have ranged from advising members on their future conduct to permanent expulsion from the CIPD.

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