6 Core Principles

  • Professional responsibility: HR professionals are responsible for adding value to the organizations they serve and contributing to the ethical success of those organizations. They accept professional responsibility for their individual decisions and actions and are advocates for the profession, engaging in activities that enhance its credibility and value.

  • Professional development: HR professionals must strive to meet the highest standards of competence and commit to strengthen their competencies on a continuous basis.

  • Ethical leadership: HR professionals are expected to exhibit individual leadership as a role model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct.

  • Fairness and justice: HR professionals are ethically responsible for promoting and fostering fairness and justice for all employees and their organizations.

  • Conflicts of interest: HR professionals must maintain a high level of trust with stakeholders. In the interest of professional integrity, they must protect the interests of stakeholders and should not engage in activities that create actual, apparent or potential conflicts of interest.

  • Use of information: HR professionals consider and protect the rights of individuals, especially in the acquisition and dissemination of information while ensuring truthful communications and facilitating informed decision-making.