All CIPD members must commit to upholding and maintaining the standards and behaviours (‘obligations’) set out in our Code of Professional Conduct document.

These obligations are grouped into four areas:

  • Professional Competence and Behaviour
  • Ethical Standards and Integrity
  • Representative of the Profession
  • Stewardship.

These obligations apply universally - at all stages of a CIPD member’s career, regardless of their specialism or the size or sector of the organisation in which they work. The Code of Professional Conduct is supported by Investigation and Conduct procedures that set out how we deal with alleged breaches of the Code.

If you consider the Code to have been breached, please read our Guide to the Investigation and Conduct procedures, which explains the matters that we can consider under the Code.