The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest
HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165
countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading
provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and
advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than
575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices
in China, India and United Arab Emirates.
SHRM Vision, Mission & History
Our vision is to be a
preeminent and globally recognized authority whose leadership,
perspective, resources and expertise are sought and utilized to address
the most pressing, current and emerging human resource management
Our mission is to be a globally recognized
HR professional society that exists to develop and
serve the HR professional, and
advance and lead the HR profession. SHRM provides education, thought
leadership, certification, community and advocacy to enhance the
practice of human resource management and the effectiveness of HR
professionals in the organizations and communities they serve.
founded as the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) by a
small but visionary group of personnel administrators, SHRM has grown
into the world's largest HR membership organization. SHRM has a
dedicated staff of over 350 and is headquartered in the Washington, D.C.
SHRM Code of Ethics
HR professionals, we are responsible for adding value to the
organizations we serve and contributing to the ethical success of those
organizations. We accept professional responsibility for our individual
decisions and actions. We are also advocates for the profession by
engaging in activities that enhance its credibility and value.
professionals we must strive to meet the highest standards of
competence and commit to strengthen our competencies on a continuous
professionals are expected to exhibit individual leadership as a role
model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct.
human resource professionals, we are ethically responsible for
promoting and fostering fairness and justice for all employees and their
To create and
sustain an environment that encourages all individuals and the
organization to reach their fullest potential in a positive and
HR professionals, we must maintain a high level of trust with our
stakeholders. We must protect the interests of our stakeholders as well
as our professional integrity and should not engage in activities that
create actual, apparent, or potential conflicts of interest.
avoid activities that are in conflict or may appear to be in conflict
with any of the provisions of this Code of Ethical and Professional
Standards in Human Resource Management or with one's responsibilities
and duties as a member of the human resource profession and/or as an
employee of any organization.
professionals consider and protect the rights of individuals,
especially in the acquisition and dissemination of information while
ensuring truthful communications and facilitating informed
To build trust
among all organization constituents by maximizing the open exchange of
information, while eliminating anxieties about inappropriate and/or
inaccurate acquisition and sharing of information