CIPR code of conduct

All members of the CIPR are bound by the Code of Conduct. They make the commitment on joining and annually when they renew their membership.

Members are expected to develop the ethical competence to apply the Code to decisions they make throughout their career. This is at the heart of our approach to professional standards.

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 practice

  • 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.

Making a complaint against a member

Anyone can bring a complaint against a member under the Code of Conduct . This is an outline of how we enforce the code and manage complaints. 

The process for making and hearing a complaint is governed by a set of regulations.

Download a guide to our complaints process (pdf).

For further information or advice on the CIPR Code of Conduct and the processes that support it, please contact:

Paul Noble, Regulatory Consultant

0207 631 6969

Chartered Institute of Public Relations,

85 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TQ

Other Public Resources

All members of the CIPR are bound by our Code of Conduct. A full list of our members is available in the PR Register.

See our guidance on the Code and professional conduct

See our guidance on professional standards in lobbying.

Member resources

Ethics Hotline - 0207 631 6969 - get advice on how to manage ethical decisions.

Decision tree

Podcasts on professional ethics 

CIPR International - Podcast #1 - Sponsored by Lansons

CIPR International - Podcast #2 - Sponsored by Lansons

CIPR #EthicsFest Podcast

To apply for the role of Regulatory Consultant, please read the job description here.