You currently work in the People Practice Team and are studying for your CIPD qualification. Your Line Manager is running a break-out session about ethical practice in business, at one of the CIPD conferences, and you have been asked to help.
You currently work in the People Practice Team and are studying for your CIPD qualification. Your Line Manager is running a break-out session about ethical practice in business, at one of the CIPD conferences, and you have been asked to help. The focus of the session is the importance of personal and ethical values for people practice professionals and how these can be applied at
work, including contributing to (if not driving) discussions, to influence others towards ethical behaviour.
The session will also explore the human and business benefits of inclusive behaviour such as positive working relationships and improved performance, and make the business case for people being included, valued, and fairly treated at work.
Preparation for the Tasks:
▪ Refer to the indicative content in the unit to guide and support your evidence.
▪ Pay attention to how your evidence is presented, remember you are working in the People
▪ Ensure that the evidence generated for this assessment remains your own work.
You will also benefit from:
▪ Reflecting on your own experiences of learning opportunities and continuous professional
▪ Reading the CIPD Insight, Fact Sheets, and related online material on these topics.Task One – Conference presentation on
ethical practice in business
In readiness for the session, prepare a presentation (slides and presenter notes) about ethical
practice in business. The presentation should explore the importance of ethical values to people
practice professionals, how they can be applied, and how ethical practices can impact positively on
Your presentation should cover all the points below and provide a convincing argument for ethical
behaviour in business. Your audience will be a mixture of academics and practitioners, who will
expect your presentation to include a range of relevant academic theory as well as practical
examples to support your comments.
1) Define the term professional and explain what it means to be a ‘people practice professional’.
2) Discuss the concept of ‘ethical values’, and how at least three ethical values that you hold
personally impact (or could impact) on your work as a people practice professional. (1.2)
3) Drawing on work or personal examples, analyse how you would/have:
– made an engaging and well-informed contribution to discussions to support the
application of good people practice (1.3)
– taken responsibility for your work/actions, including recognising and rectifying mistakes
– known when and how to raise concerns when issues such as organisational policies or
leadership approaches conflict with ethical values or legislation. (1.5)
4) Provide a robust argument for ethical people practice that is supported by academic theory
and details both the business and human benefits of people at work feeling included, valued,
and fairly treated. (2.1)
5) Using your own example of providing a people practice solution to meet a particular need, or
a hypothetical example such as introducing a new policy or reward initiative, comment on
how you would/have:
– ensured the ‘design’ of the solution was informed by engagement with others, particularly
those most affected by the solution. (2.2)
– evaluated the impact of the solution in terms of how well it met the needs of and engaged
all those it was aimed at. (2.3)