All members of the CIPR are bound by the Code of Conduct. They make the commitment on joining and renew this annually when they renew their membership.
Under the principles of the Code, members of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations agree to:
- maintain the highest standards of professional endeavour, integrity, confidentiality, financial propriety and personal conduct;
- deal honestly and fairly in business with employers, employees, clients, fellow professionals, other professions and the public;
- respect, in their dealings with other people, the legal and regulatory frameworks and codes of all countries where they practise;
- uphold the reputation of, and do nothing that would bring into disrepute, the public relations profession or the Chartered Institute of Public Relations;
- respect and abide by this Code and related Notes of Guidance issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and ensure that others who are accountable to them (e.g. subordinates and sub-contractors) do the same;
- encourage professional training and development among members of the profession in order to raise and maintain professional standards generally.
The full Code of Conduct includes examples of good practice around integrity, honesty, capability, capacity, competence, confidentiality, transparency and conflicts of interest.
The content of the code is governed by CIPR Council. Members are welcome to put their views on the code to the Professional Practices Committee, through the Director of Policy and Communications, Phil Morgan.
For further information or advice on the CIPR Code of Conduct and the processes that support it, please contact:
Martin Horrox, Regulatory Consultant
Chartered Institute of Public Relations,
52-53 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HP