The CIPD is carrying out a review of its Code of Conduct a decade after it first launched, with the aim of reflecting changes in the people profession and wider world of work. 

It is calling on all global stakeholders including CIPD members and non-members, and HR and business researchers and academics, to input into the review via an online survey and focus groups. 

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 Code will have a strong focus on ethical HR practice and provide guidance on the most pressing issues for the profession. It is expected to launch in late summer 2022 alongside accompanying guides. 

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. 

The survey can be accessed at 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:

Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, 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.

“And while we should rightly celebrate the leading role that HR teams have played in their organisation’s response to the pandemic, we must also acknowledge they are under more scrutiny. Maintaining standards and trust within the HR profession has therefore never been more important. 

“We’re keen to hear from as many voices as possible and would encourage all those working in, or associated with, HR to participate in the survey so they can help us shape the Code to ensure it is fit for the new world of work.” 

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