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.
We updated the Code in February 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 a new 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 Planning Convention 2016 held a session on ethics under pressure. High profile speakers emphasised how a high sense of professional ethics is crucial to planners' careers and judgement. (RTPI member login required)
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.
Being a member of the RTPI makes you part of a community at the forefront of planning. Our members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debates, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research. You will also access a huge range of member benefits from access to special interest networks to discounts on events, talks and at high street retailers.