Last reviewed 13 January 2022

All those working in HR, or associated with the sector, are being encouraged to take part in a review of its Code of Conduct being carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The review, a decade after the Code was launched, has the aim of reflecting changes in the people profession and the wider world of work.

The Code helps to ensure fair and progressive conduct from CIPD members — all of whom must commit to upholding its obligations — and acts as a benchmark for the wider people profession.

The new version is intended to have a strong focus on ethical HR practice and to provide guidance on the most pressing issues for the profession. It is expected to be available in late summer 2022, alongside accompanying guides.

CIPD chief executive, Peter Cheese, said: “Our Code of Conduct sets out the professional standards that are fundamental to maintaining the integrity of our profession and our professional membership. But after a decade, the time is right to update it to better reflect the changing world of the work — and the fact that the pandemic is placing more demands on the HR profession than ever before.”

A survey seeking feedback on the proposals can be found here and will be open until mid-February 2022.

Focus groups for those wanting to give more detailed feedback will be running until the end of January 2022, with more information available at:

While the review will primarily focus on the content of the Code, views and discussion on the complaints process for suspected Code breaches will also be welcomed.