The CIPD is a registered charity. Our charitable purpose, as prescribed in our Charter and Bye-laws, is to promote the art and science of the management and development of people, for the public benefit.

CIPD Board members govern the strategic direction of the CIPD and as charity trustees are entrusted with ensuring that it is solvent, well run and delivering on our charitable purpose in compliance with Charity law, as well as our Charter and Bye-laws.

The Board is supported by the CIPD Council and three Committees with delegated powers. The day to day operational management of the CIPD - and development of its strategy - is delegated to the Chief Executive, who is supported by the Senior Leadership Team.

The CIPD Council is an advisory body made up of one representative from each of our branches across the UK and Ireland, as well as the CIPD's Board members. Council meets at least twice per year and is consulted on a range of strategic decisions, including the setting of membership fees, on which it has the final say.

The CIPD Board has three Committees to which it delegates certain powers:

  • The Audit Committee
  • The Nominations Committee
  • The Remuneration Committee.

Read our Regulations below for more detail on the role of these committees and how the powers of the Institute are put into practice through various terms of reference and governance procedures.

Corporate responsibility

This statement is made on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (the 'CIPD') pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the 'Act'), and constitutes our group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2018.

Our business and structure

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. We’re independent, and not for profit and hold a highly respected Royal Charter. We are a registered charity in England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland with public benefit that includes our ability to influence public policy and promote progressive HR and people management practices.

We are the parent company of CIPD Enterprises Ltd and CIPD Asia Ltd. CIPD Middle East FZ-LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIPD Enterprises Ltd. Across our group we have over 300 employees in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Singapore and Dubai.

Purpose and voice

As an organisation whose purpose is championing better work and working lives, we wholeheartedly endorse the legislation as a crucially important development in tackling slavery and human trafficking and we will not trade or partner with any business or organisation which is involved in this shocking practice however remotely or indirectly.

Furthermore we are the voice of a worldwide community of 150,000 members who have a stewardship obligation to demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in the treatment of people who are operating within their sphere of influence.

Our supply chains

Our supply chains include publishing and printing services, IT services, conference and venue suppliers, training providers and consultants, and marketing and PR services. We have reviewed the risks that these supply chains can present and whilst we consider our exposure to modern slavery to be limited, we expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to exploitation.

To this end, all new contracts and those renewing, now include a clause requiring that our suppliers, and their subcontractors, comply with the Act, and include CIPD’s right to terminate in the instance of any breach of this obligation.

Taking action

As part of our procurement process, we will only engage with suppliers and contractors who confirm their compliance with the Act. In 2016 we wrote to our top 160 suppliers who equate to nearly 80% of our procurement spend seeking their confirmation of compliance with the Act. This financial year, we will contact all suppliers where our spend is in excess of £10,000 (top 280 suppliers) to raise awareness and seek assurance of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Our people

We have promoted to all our employees that Modern Slavery is a global problem that affects us all. We have shared examples of how individuals can unwittingly be part of the cycle. We have highlighted that everyone has a vital role to play in tackling the issue.

We have adapted and re-promoted our existing corporate policies to incorporate modern slavery and human trafficking issues, including our whistleblowing policy which allows employees to report any concerns confidentially. During the last financial year all staff across the entire organisation completed a specific training course to increase their awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking so that they are able to understand, identify and be able to report on these risks.

Louise Fisher
Chair of the Board

It is essential that sustainable development and environmental management are at the core of all activities in CIPD

CIPD endeavours to be a major contributor to society’s efforts to achieve sustainability through:

  • the environment in which its staff work
  • the skills and knowledge that they acquire and put in to practice and
  • its own strategies and operations.


Meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, sustainable development must address environmental, economic and social factors and the interrelationships between them.

Surrounding conditions, influences or forces, by which living forms are influenced and modified in their growth and development.


The objectives of this policy are to:

  • ensure that all environmental risks are assessed, managed and controlled
  • promote and adopt best practice within the CIPD and its business
  • maintain and develop CIPD in a sustainable manner
  • keep the staff and stakeholders informed on matters of the environment
  • develop good working relationships with relevant external authorities and bodies
  • develop managers and staff by providing training and information on environmental management and sustainability.

Policy statement

CIPD recognises the importance of the role it has to play in the environmental stewardship of its properties and in promoting principles of sustainability in its business activities.

CIPD will manage and control its environmental risks in a sustainable manner by complying with relevant legislation and adopting, where appropriate, best practice.

CIPD will also endeavour to integrate the principles of sustainability into its strategies, policies and procedures.

In accordance with the policy statement CIPD will:

Control its environmental risks:

  • Meet the requirements of environmental legislation and commit to a process of continual environmental improvement.

Promote and adopt best practice:

  • Establish environmental controls to set targets and indicators, measure environmental performance and report progress.
  • Promote and adopt sustainable initiatives.

Maintain and develop CIPD in a sustainable manner:

  • Develop a sustainable procurement policy to ensure social, ethical and environmental scrutiny of products and services whilst achieving best value.
  • Maximise energy efficiency, use of renewable resources and use of low carbon technology.
  • Minimise waste generation and facilitate repair, reuse and recycling over disposal of wastes.
  • Maintain biodiversity and enhance CIPD grounds.
  • Promote sustainable travel to and from CIPD.
  • Promote continual improvement in maintenance practices and establish sustainability guidelines for internal and external design teams and contractors working on new build and refurbishment projects.

Communicate with and inform the CIPD staff and stakeholders:

  • Provide information via the internal consultation group – the Sounding Board.

Working with external authorities and bodies:

  • Develop good working relationships with all relevant external authorities.
  • Develop links with appropriate environmental bodies and associations.
  • Report any incidents as required.

Development of managers and staff:

  • Provide appropriate training and/or information to staff as required.

Current activities in support of our Environmental and Sustainability Policy

CIPD is continuing its commitment to the environment which is very important to us as an organisation and is also valued by the people we employ and others we engage with. We occupy a building that has been designed with the latest technology to make best use of natural light and energy. We’re committed to the reduction of our carbon footprint and minimising our impact as a company on the environment.

Environmental measures include:

  • Energy (electricity and gas) is supplied on a green tariff.
  • We are harnessing the use of renewable solar energy by 16 solar panels located on our roof which provide heat to meet the constant hot water demands of the kitchen and toilets.
  • Energy efficient ventilation system with free cooling and heat recovery systems.
  • Energy efficient lighting systems with PIR sensors.
  • Energy efficient lamps throughout the building.
  • The building is designed to use the optimum amount of natural daylight to reduce energy consumption.
  • Maximising our use of environmentally aware suppliers.
  • Recycling of printers and fax toners.
  • Sending all our general waste to an energy plant that supplements electrical power supplies to the London area and ensuring we send nothing to landfill sites.
  • Recycling all redundant electrical equipment via the WEEE scheme.

Our purpose and vision

Championing better work and working lives - because we believe work can and should be a force for good that benefits everyone

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Our Royal Charter

The CIPD is incorporated under Royal Charter and the only professional body in the world that can confer individual Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals

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