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Ethical Practice Introductory Programme

Be a role model for ethical practice within your organisation. Challenge unethical behaviour and encourage good practice.


4-6 hours

Online self-directed

Introductory Programme


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

This course is one of our eight Core Behaviours Introductory Programmes, which aim to provide you with the defining behaviours of our profession.

Ethical values provide the moral compass by which we live our lives and make decision. The way we make decisions is important for organisations because the wrong decisions – or decisions which have been implemented badly – can have a significant impact on people’s lives and the reputation of organisations.

In this course, you will discover how, if we make decisions based on good principles, and live by good values, we can improve the lives of others and the experiences they have at work. It will help you to consider a range of perspectives, so that you can make responsible decisions as a result.

Through cutting-edge learning content, you will explore different forms of unethical behaviour, and some of their causes, as well as the implications of unethical behaviour. This will help you to be able to challenge unethical behaviour and encourage others to behave in an ethical way.

The course will also help you to encourage transparency in your organisation and how you can make an impact on your workplace culture by acting as a role model for ethical practice.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to take part in reflective activities to help embed your learning into your day-to-day practice. You can also access a community of peers where you can share knowledge and experience with others, whilst developing connections.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.

The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.

Members, this course is included as part of your membership. Please access your free learning here.

Is this course right for me?

This course is relevant and challenging for all people practitioners, at whatever stage of their career journey. You’ll be an HR, L&D or OD practitioner looking to develop the behaviours required to be a role model for ethical practice within your organisation.

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