Why is the Institute’s Code of Practice so Important?

Why is the Institute’s Code of Practice so Important?
22 March 2011 John Moore

Quite simply, the Chartered Management Institute’s Code of Practice for Professional Managers is a real differentiator.

It sets the Institute and its members apart. It is what the Institute stands for, as professional managers buying into and personifying the CMI vision. The Code refers to competence, professionalism, honesty and integrity and the duty to keep up to date with current good practice.

The establishment of the South African Chapter of the Chartered Management Institute comes at just the right time. The recently launched National Skills Development Strategy III concluded that “South Africa’s inclusive growth plans are currently being endangered by a range of unethical practices such as fraud, corruption”. The Government is calling on professional bodies like the Chartered Management Institute to drive up ethical and standards of conduct.

As one of the largest professional bodies in the world, the Institute takes its Code of Conduct seriously: the Code is binding on all members. As such, it forms a critical ingredient of the Institute’s value proposition. It also sends a clear message to organisations that, by employing CMI members or, in fact, applying the Code within the organisation itself, they gain immediate added value.

“Codes of practice are vital when it comes to driving up standards of performance and developing professional managers. Within the next few weeks we will be challenging managers from all over South Africa to take the CMISA Code of Conduct Challenge, so keep watching this space!”, said Namata Tanna, International Membership Officer.

CMI’s Code was subject to review only last year. The work was undertaken by its’ Professional Standards Committee (PSC). The PSC has a remit, not only to keep the Code refreshed, but also to promote the messages within the Code, both internally with the CMI and its membership, and also to the wider world.

The PSC is supported by its Investigation Panel; members who are called upon to investigate a formal complaint that may be made against an individual member. Members are appointed to the Panel on the basis of their experience in investigating complaints, sitting on disciplinary panels, analysing evidence and/or acting as conciliators.

To help managers, CMI provides a wide range of professional development services opportunities for its members including its unique online resource ManagementDirect. Applying to be a CMISA member could be simpler, just complete the online application.

John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.

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