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UK – CIPD unveils new HR Code of Professional Conduct to "raise the bar" of standards

27 March 2012

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revised its Code of Professional Conduct, to be accompanied by modernised complaints and disciplinary procedures, which was unveiled today.

Vicky Wright, Chair of the CIPD's Nominations and Professional Conduct Committee and Immediate Past President, said that “The CIPD promotes high standards of behaviour and practice in the HR profession. This is critical given the powerful role of HR in ensuring organisations have the trust, integrity and capability to deliver not just success today, but sustainable performance for the future. Public expectations of the behaviour of professionals are rising and it is vital that the CIPD demonstrates its members are subject to a strong Code of Professional Conduct and that complaints regarding the conduct of its members are taken seriously and can lead to appropriate penalties.”

The new Code will come into force for all CIPD members on 1 July 2012. This will replace the existing Code of Professional Conduct, which remains in place until 30 June.

Vicky Wright said that “Our new Code of Professional Conduct is an evolution of our existing Code. But it also marks a raising of the bar in terms of the maintenance and enforcement of clear, simple, rigorous standards in HR professional practice.”

“Our new complaints and disciplinary procedures are crucial to ensuring that the CIPD has the tools and capacity to maintain and uphold the highest standards in HR practice by its members. Designed by the profession, and with responsibility for investigating and adjudicating complaints resting firmly with the Institute and a qualified body of professionals, this represents the establishment of modern, best practice self-regulation for the HR profession, and for the greater good.”

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