Ethics and Diversity
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Statement of Ethics from the 2012 edition of the EPSHRM By-Laws
Statement of Ethics
The Chapter adopts SHRM’s Code of Ethical and Professional Standards in Human Resource Management for members of the Chapter in order to promote and maintain the highest standards among our members. Each member shall honor, respect, and support the purposes of this Chapter and of SHRM.
The Chapter shall not be represented as advocating or endorsing any issue unless approved by the Executive Board. No member shall actively solicit business from any other member at Chapter meetings without approval from the Executive Board. (See Society for Human Resource Management Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Code of Ethics as printed in the EPSHRM By-Laws on pages 15, 16, and 17 respectively.)
Fairness and Justice
As human resource professionals, we are ethically responsible for promoting and fostering fairness and justice for all employees and their organizations.
To create and sustain an environment that encourages all individuals and the organization to reach their fullest potential in a positive and productive manner.
(From the SHRM Code of Ethics (see page 16 of the EPSHRM By-Laws.)
- Respect the uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Treat people with dignity, respect, and compassion to foster a trusting work environment free of harassment, intimidation, and unlawful discrimination.
- 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.
SHRM's Diversity Best Practices
- Conduct, host or sponsor a diversity seminar, conference or diversity-focused event.
- Partner with a diverse or minority organization (e.g., the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Out & Equal, US Business Leadership Network, Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve, etc.) on an event.
- Host the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Leadership Program or The Diversity Practitioner of the 21st Century course in your locality.
- Contribute to an article or write and submit an article on the topic of diversity.
- Create a tool or resource that can be used by diversity practitioners.
- Create a diversity and inclusion awareness campaign within the chapter that could include tactics such as:
- Develop a diversity advisory council for the chapter
- Utilize the chapter newsletter or web site for best-practice sharing in the area of diversity and inclusion
- Sponsor an award promoting diversity, such as a workplace diversity award
- A chapter representative attends the SHRM Diversity Conference & Exposition. The representative could share information about the conference including “takeaways” from the conference with the membership at a chapter meeting or through a chapter newsletter article
- A chapter representative attends a state or local diversity conference of another SHRM affiliate. The representative could share information about that conference and what strides are being made in the area of diversity and inclusion outside your community and within other SHRM affiliates.
- Develop and execute a plan to diversify the chapter board to reflect the demographics of the local community.
- Develop and execute a chapter diversity plan.
- Develop and conduct a diversity survey.