RTPI joins International Ethics Standards Coalition

RTPIThe RTPI has joined a new international coalition that will develop the first set of globally recognised ethics standards for built environment and property related professional organisations.

The International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition currently consists of 90 member organisations with professionals working in a diverse range of countries including China, Brazil, Dubai, Russia and India.

Coalition Members, many of which already have their own codes of conduct focusing on qualities like trustworthiness, integrity and respect, will work together to align ethics principles through a new international standard.

Rosslyn Stuart, RTPI’s director of professional standards, said: “The RTPI has its own robust standards and code of conduct and is committed to working with our fellow global professionals to develop common principles. I strongly believe establishing this important standard across the entire supply chain will enhance transparency, consistency and trust in the services being offered by professionals in the global and interconnected marketplace.”

Ethics is an important element of being a professional planner. It is one of the competencies required of practitioners seeking Chartered membership of the RTPI. The Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct sets out the required standards of professional conduct and practice expected of its members. All members, irrespective of their class of membership, are required to adhere to its five core principles:

  • Competence, honesty and integrity
  • Independent professional judgment

  • Due care and diligence
  • Equality and respect
  • Professional behaviour

  • The IES Coalition was first proposed during a meeting of a number of the founding organisations at the United Nations (New York) in October 2014.

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