This factsheet explains what British and International standards in HR are and why they matter. It introduces the British and International HR standards already published or under development and outlines the CIPD involvement in their development.

Whether or not organisations have a dedicated HR team, they will at some point need guidance on ethical and effective human resource management practice in areas such as workforce planning, recruitment, inclusion and diversity, learning and development, and human capital reporting. British and International standards provide such guidance. International experts develop them, in collaboration with key stakeholders. These standards advocate responsible people management practices and support the organisations that adopt them to improve their organisational resilience and sustainability.

This factsheet was last updated by Heather Bond: Standards Adviser, CIPD

Heather represents the CIPD as an expert on the British and International Standards Committees that develop human capital and human resource management standards. She is the independent Chair of the BSI’s International Human Resource Management Committee and leads the delegation of UK experts responsible for UK input to the work of ISO Technical Committee 260 Human Resource Management.  

Related content

Bitesize research
Key elements of day-to-day HR practice

Researchers investigate the daily obstacles faced by HR practitioners when trying to work proactively rather than reactively

For Members
HR shared services

Understand the principles of shared services, how they work, and the benefits they can bring to an organisation

People Profession 2023: International report

Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in the UK, Ireland, Asia-Pacific, MENA and Canada

People Profession 2023: Asia-Pacific report

Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore

Explore our other factsheets

People analytics

Understand what people analytics is, different types of HR data, and the importance of people analytics strategy and process

Reward: an introduction

Introduces the basics of reward, which includes pay and benefits, and outlines the UK legal position

Pay structures and pay progression

Outlines the purpose of pay structures and progression, including the common ways of structuring pay and determining, reviewing and controlling pay progression

Workforce reporting

Learn about defining, measuring and reporting human capital, and how HR can use human capital information to drive performance