CIPS Code of conduct

CIPS Code of Conduct (Adopted by ZIPS Council on 12th June 2013)

Your commitment to the profession

The purpose of this code of conduct is to define behaviours and actions which CIPS members must commit to maintain as long as they are members of CIPS.

 Use of the code

Members of CIPS worldwide are required to uphold this code and to seek commitment to it by all the parties they engage with in their professional practice.

Members should encourage their organization to adopt an ethical procurement and supply policy based on the principles of this code and raise any matter of concern relating to business ethics at an appropriate level within their organization.

Members’ conduct will be judged against the code and any breach may lead to action under the disciplinary rules set out in the Institute’s Royal Charter. Members are expected to assist any investigation by CIPS in the event of a complaint being made against them.

As a member of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, I will:

Enhance and protect the standing of the Profession by;

·         Never engaging in conduct, either professional or personal, which would bring the profession or Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply into disrepute

·   Not accepting inducements or gifts (other than any declared gifts of nominal value which have been sanctioned by my employer)

 NNot allowing offers of hospitality or those with vested interests to influence, or be perceived to influence, my business decisions

·         Being aware that my behaviour outside my professional life may have an effect on how I am perceived as a professional

Maintain the highest standard of integrity in all business relationships, by;

·         Rejecting any business practice which might reasonably be deemed improper

·         Never using my authority or position for my own financial gain

·         Declaring to my line manager any personal interest that might affect, or be seen by others to affect my impartiality in decision making

·         Ensure that the information I give in the course of my work is accurate and not misleading

·         Never breaching the confidentiality of information I receive in a professional capacity

·         Striving for genuine, fair and transparent competition

·         Being truthful about my skills, experience and qualifications


Enhance the proficiency and stature of the profession, by;

· Continually developing and applying knowledge to increase my personal skills and those of the organization I work for

· Fostering the highest standards of professional competence amongst those for whom I am responsible

·         Optimizing the responsible use of resources which I have influence over the for the benefit of my organization


Ensure full compliance with laws and regulations, by;

·         Adhering to the laws of countries in which I practice, and in countries where there is no relevant law in place I will apply the standards inherent in this code

·         Fulfilling agreed contractual obligations

·  Following CIPS guidance on professional practice



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The Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply was established by an Act of Parliament No.15 of 2003 on 20th September, 2003. This Act is now, referred to, as the Government of the Republic of Zambia principal national policy on Procurement and Supply Management. The Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply is now a Regulatory body on Purchasing and Supply Management Profession in Zambia.See details


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