The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest
HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165
countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading
provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and
advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than
575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices
in China, India and United Arab Emirates.
SHRM Vision, Mission & History
Our vision is to be a
preeminent and globally recognized authority whose leadership,
perspective, resources and expertise are sought and utilized to address
the most pressing, current and emerging human resource management
Our mission is to be a globally recognized
HR professional society that exists to develop and
serve the HR professional, and
advance and lead the HR profession. SHRM provides education, thought
leadership, certification, community and advocacy to enhance the
practice of human resource management and the effectiveness of HR
professionals in the organizations and communities they serve.
founded as the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) by a
small but visionary group of personnel administrators, SHRM has grown
into the world's largest HR membership organization. SHRM has a
dedicated staff of over 350 and is headquartered in the Washington, D.C.
SHRM Code of Ethics
HR professionals, we are responsible for adding value to the
organizations we serve and contributing to the ethical success of those
organizations. We accept professional responsibility for our individual
decisions and actions. We are also advocates for the profession by
engaging in activities that enhance its credibility and value.
build respect, credibility and strategic importance for the HR
profession within our organizations, the business community, and the
communities in which we work.
- To assist the organizations we serve in achieving their objectives and goals.
inform and educate current and future practitioners, the organizations
we serve, and the general public about principles and practices that
help the profession.
- To positively influence workplace and recruitment practices.
- To encourage professional decision-making and responsibility.
- To encourage social responsibility.
- Adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior.
- Measure the effectiveness of HR in contributing to or achieving organizational goals.
- Comply with the law.
- Work consistent with the values of the profession.
- Strive to achieve the highest levels of service, performance and social responsibility.
- Advocate for the appropriate use and appreciation of human beings as employees.
- Advocate openly and within the established forums for debate in order to influence decision-making and results.
professionals we must strive to meet the highest standards of
competence and commit to strengthen our competencies on a continuous
- To expand our knowledge of human resource management to further our understanding of how our organizations function.
- To advance our understanding of how organizations work ("the business of the business").
- Pursue formal academic opportunities.
to continuous learning, skills development and application of new
knowledge related to both human resource management and the
organizations we serve.
- Contribute to the body of knowledge,
the evolution of the profession and the growth of individuals through
teaching, research and dissemination of knowledge.
- Pursue certification where available, or comparable measures of competencies and knowledge.
professionals are expected to exhibit individual leadership as a role
model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct.
- To set the standard and be an example for others.
- To earn individual respect and increase our credibility with those we serve.
- Be ethical; act ethically in every professional interaction.
pending individual and group actions when necessary to ensure that
decisions are ethical and are implemented in an ethical manner.
- Seek expert guidance if ever in doubt about the ethical propriety of a situation.
- Through teaching and mentoring, champion the development of others as ethical leaders in the profession and in organizations.
human resource professionals, we are ethically responsible for
promoting and fostering fairness and justice for all employees and their
To create and
sustain an environment that encourages all individuals and the
organization to reach their fullest potential in a positive and
- Respect the uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every individual.
people with dignity, respect and compassion to foster a trusting work
environment free of harassment, intimidation, and unlawful
- Ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop their skills and new competencies.
- Assure an environment of inclusiveness and a commitment to diversity in the organizations we serve.
- Develop, administer and advocate policies and procedures that foster fair, consistent and equitable treatment for all.
- Regardless of personal interests, support decisions made by our organizations that are both ethical and legal.
- Act in a responsible manner and practice sound management in the country(ies) in which the organizations we serve operate.
HR professionals, we must maintain a high level of trust with our
stakeholders. We must protect the interests of our stakeholders as well
as our professional integrity and should not engage in activities that
create actual, apparent, or potential conflicts of interest.
avoid activities that are in conflict or may appear to be in conflict
with any of the provisions of this Code of Ethical and Professional
Standards in Human Resource Management or with one's responsibilities
and duties as a member of the human resource profession and/or as an
employee of any organization.
- Adhere to and advocate the use of published policies on conflicts of interest within your organization.
- Refrain from using your position for personal, material or financial gain or the appearance of such.
- Refrain from giving or seeking preferential treatment in the human resources processes.
your obligations to identify conflicts of interest or the appearance
thereof; when conflicts arise, disclose them to relevant stakeholders.
professionals consider and protect the rights of individuals,
especially in the acquisition and dissemination of information while
ensuring truthful communications and facilitating informed
To build trust
among all organization constituents by maximizing the open exchange of
information, while eliminating anxieties about inappropriate and/or
inaccurate acquisition and sharing of information
- Acquire and disseminate information through ethical and responsible means.
- Ensure only appropriate information is used in decisions affecting the employment relationship.
- Investigate the accuracy and source of information before allowing it to be used in employment related decisions.
- Maintain current and accurate HR information.
- Safeguard restricted or confidential information.
appropriate steps to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all
communicated information about HR policies and practices.
- Take appropriate steps to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all communicated information used in HR-related training.