CMI Code Of Conduct Update

The Institute reviews its Codes of Conduct every three years to ensure that it remains relevant.  The current CMI Code was published in 2010, followed closely afterwards by the IC Code. 

A review was started by Professional Standards Committee in late 2013 and is scheduled for completion by June 2014.  A small project team of Lalik Nasmyth, Barrie Sinclair-Kemp and Jeremy Webster have been carrying out this work.

Following a broad member consultation on the strengths and weaknesses of the current codes, research was carried out on the codes of conduct of other Professional Bodies and similar organisations.  The results of CMI’s ethics research were used as a reference.

Proposed new code of conduct

The proposed new code can be found here in its latest draft form.  It has a number of features that are different from the current version:

  1. Currently there are two Codes, one for CMI and one for IC.  These have now been combined into one document.  This reflects the consensus amongst the various Committees and the members who have been consulted that an integrated Code was the best way forward.
  2. The Code is written as the Institute’s expectation of its members’ behaviour, rather than a member’s declaration of intent. 
  3. The Code itself is intended to be succinct and memorable, comprising one overarching statement and six principles. 
  4. Behavioural guidelines are shown as examples, rather than as an exhaustive list.  This approach allows the guidelines to be modified at any time in light of experience, without needing to change the core principles.  This will have an impact on the regularity of future reviews of the code, the view being that these may become less frequent.
  5. The view of the working group is that, as well as applying to all members, the Code should apply to staff in organisations affiliated with the Institute, such as those in CMI Approved Centres and IC Registered Practices, even if they are not individual members.  This allows the Institute to specify behavioural standards as part of its contract with these organisations, and to impose penalties or sanctions should the standards be breached.
  6. The potential penalties for breaching the code are explicitly stated.

Process for endorsing the new Code

The draft Code is due to be submitted for approval to the Board of Trustees at its meeting on 17 July 2014.  It will then be launched in the autumn, as part of the wider ethics thought leadership activity.

Member and Committee feedback is still being received, and this analysis will be completed in mid June 2014. 

Please submit any comments to Valerie Hamill