Nearly one in four people have knowingly broken professional guidelines. That was the finding of a survey
of 1,000 employees commissioned by the Chartered Management Institute
It found nearly a quarter of employees have knowingly broken professional guidelines at work, with men significantly more likely to do so than women (30 per cent, as against 19 per cent).
Another 25 per cent have never read their employer’s or professional body’s code of standards or conduct. And of those belonging to a professional body (74 per cent), 21 per cent didn’t know if there was a code of standards or conduct that they were required to follow.
One further point to note is that despite a general lack of awareness among those polled for the CMI survey, the research found that nearly 60 per cent would think better of a manager if they made an effort to abide by professional guidelines at work.
Hopefully awareness is greater among the purchasing profession. All members sign The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply code of professional ethics
when they join, and must abide by it. Updated in 2009, the code is clear and succinct.
If you’re not familiar with it perhaps it’s time to revisit it, especially the parts around corporate hospitality following the release of guidance around what is and is not acceptable under the terms of the Bribery Act