About us

We're the experts on the world of work 

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. We have over 135,000 members internationally - working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.

As an independent and not for profit organisation, we are committed to championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, business, the economies and society - because good work and all it entails is good for business and society at large, and what is good for business should also be good for people’s working lives.

We bring together extensive research and thought leadership, practical advice and guidance, professional development and rigorous professional standards to drive better capabilities and understanding in how organisations of all kinds operate and perform, and in how they manage and develop their people. A Royal Charter enables us to confer individual chartered status on members who meet the required standards of knowledge, practice and behaviours.

We have links with over 100 similar institutions and associations across the world and are active members of:

World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA)
European Association for People Management (EAPM)
International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO).


Environmental and Sustainability Policy

It is essential that sustainable development and environmental management are at the core of all activities at the CIPD. The CIPD endeavours to be a major contributor to society’s efforts to achieve sustainability.