Our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Below is the Our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct we rigorously uphold to ensure our continued membership with the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP). In our profession the highest levels of ethics and professionalism are vital to establish an atmosphere of trust with clients and candidates. The Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct is the very foundation for ethical and transparent recruitment practices.
Standard 1 - Respect for Work Relationships
a) In order to establish trust and build productive work relationships, you must exercise due diligence and observe high standards of accuracy of information, advice given and timeliness, to both clients and work seekers.
b) Treat all recruitment professionals with respect and aim to work in a fair and open competitive environment. c) This standard also seeks to emphasise the importance of applying an ethical and professional approach to customer service standards at all times.
Standard 2 - Respect for Honesty and Transparency
a) Act at all times with integrity, honesty, the highest ethical standards and appropriate behaviour.
b) We will not engage in any activities which would bring the recruitment industry, the REC or the IRP into disrepute.
Standard 3 - Respect for Confidentiality and Privacy
Observe and respect the confidentiality of your clients and work seekers and ensure this is maintained at all stages of the recruitment process.
Standard 4 - Respect for Laws
a) Comply with all relevant legislation, statutory and non-statutory codes and official guidance that will impact on your role in recruitment.
b) In particular, make sure that you know what steps to take in order to ensure compliance with the Employment Agencies Act 1973, the Conduct Regulations 2003 (and amendments).
Standard 5 - Respect for Diversity
a) Ensure that you treat all clients and work seekers with dignity and respect, and aim to provide employment opportunities based on objective business and competency related criteria.
b) We should always promote fair recruitment practices.
c) We should not act on an instruction from a client that may be discriminatory and, where possible, you should provide guidance to clients in respect of good diversity practice.
Standard 6 - Commitment to professional development
Ensure that you are well informed about recruitment practices, and that you continually seek to improve your knowledge, skills and qualification base.
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