Learn more and get involved
If you would like to learn more about ethics at the RTPI, continue your CPD or would like to get involved, please see these links.
A new CPD module looking at the importance of professional ethics and the ethical challenges faced by planners. This bitesize module asks you to consider ethical scenarios and think about what you would do. The module is free, interactive and can provide an hour of CPD for RTPI members. Access it here http://rtpilearn.org.uk (log in required)
We updated our Code in 2016. All members of the RTPI are bound by a Code of Professional Conduct based around five core principles: competence, honesty and integrity; independent professional judgement; due care and diligence; equality and respect; and professional behaviour -setting out required standards of practice and ethics for Chartered and Non-Chartered Members.
Advice for RTPI Members to support the RTPI Code of Professional Conduct and guide Members on their professional responsibilities. It covers issues including: ethicial challenges, conflicts of interest, equality and diversity, professional competency, gifts and hospitality and use of social media.
The RTPI has joined an international coalition of 90 member organisations that will develop the first set of globally recognised ethics standards for built environment and property related professional organisations.
RTPI West Midlands held a seminar on ethics and the intertwining skills of negotiation and mediation. See the report from the event on page 8 of Tripwire magazine.
Ethical challenges and how they can impact on planners work is a key competence that APC candidates must demonstrate their understanding of. Planners must understand and act appropriately given the sometimes conflicting requirements of their employer, the needs of the individuals affected, the collective needs of the community and their own personal views.