The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

RICS Revises Standards of Conduct for Members

RICS Revises Standards of Conduct for Members
12 October 2021
 

Diversity and inclusion are at the centre of new conduct guidelines for RICS’ regulated members and firms worldwide.

The new rules highlight transparency, ethical behaviour and sustainability, and aim to ensure a fair and inclusive profession, supporting all surveyors regardless of their background or differences, across the world.

This announcement comes as RICS' Governing Council voted unanimously to implement all recommendations by QC Alison Levitt after an independent enquiry, pledging to amend its culture. 

 

Skills and Expertise

 

The new code also sets out refreshed requirements for professionals maintaining their skills and expertise – most importantly, including new expectations for all members in respect of advice on sustainability issues, helping clients in the drive to meet net-zero targets set by governments.

The rules were set by RICS’ independent Standards and Regulation Board (SRB), following a nine-week consultation with RICS global members, clients and the public.

The new code will be accompanied by a comprehensive programme of CPD and implementation support, freely available for RICS members, ahead of the rules taking effect from 2 February 2022.

Dame Janet Paraskeva, Chair of SRB at RICS, said: “The advice of RICS professionals around the world underpins the successful management of our built and natural environment. With so many complex challenges facing decision-makers, this profession’s high standards of expertise and ethical conduct have never been more important.

“Standards in professional life must evolve to reflect modern-day expectations of clients and society at large, in order to maintain confidence. These revised Rules of Conduct will support our members and those that depend on their advice to continue addressing the challenges of today and tomorrow”

Picture: a photograph of Dame Janet Paraskeva. Image Credit: RICS

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 October 2021

Share



Related Articles

RICS Takes Steps to Improve Diversity in the Built Environment

Alongside other sector organisations, RICS is making plans to “drive forward the creation of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive sector”. In a...

 Read Full Article
Lord Bichard’s RICS Review Results Published

Lord Bichard, in his independent review of RICS, recommends “nothing less than a transformation of the Institution carried out at pace.” He found that the...

 Read Full Article
The Risks of Ill-Fitting PPE

Alex Minett, Head of Global New Markets at Veriforce CHAS, looks at the issue of PPE inclusivity in the UK compared to the US. Alex has extensive knowledge of...

 Read Full Article
Largest UK Employee Diversity Survey Outcomes Revealed

A survey of over 526,000 people working in the built environment has revealed ongoing challenges in the sector’s progress in making an inclusive environment that is...

 Read Full Article
Championing EDI – How IPSA is Paving the Way for Inclusivity and Diversity in the Security Sector

Satia Rai, CEO at IPSA & Head of Belonging at Securitas UK, outlines why it's essential for the security industry to “reflect who it...

 Read Full Article
Premier Inn Apologises to Paralympic Swimmer After Lift Outage

Paralympian Ellie Challis and her father were unable to access their Premier Inn hotel room due to a broken lift. As reported by the BBC, Ellie Challis, a Paralympic...

 Read Full Article
The Role of Policy and Design in Addressing Gender Imbalance in Public Spaces

Architect Deborah Saunt outlines how the built environment is failing women and why we must integrate a gender perspective when legislating for and...

 Read Full Article
Corps Security Named Diversity Champion at Security and Fire Excellence Awards

Social enterprise security provider Corps Security has been recognised at the 2023 Security and Fire Excellence Awards. The company was named the Diversity and...

 Read Full Article
Pareto FM’s Andrew Hulbert Named in Guardian Global Diversity List

The founder of facilities services provider Pareto FM has been recognised in the Global Diversity List 2023 as an Inspirational Role Model. Andrew Hulbert, Pareto...

 Read Full Article
Insights from RICS UK Facilities Management Survey

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has published its latest quarterly FM survey, which collects data from facilities managers, service providers and FM...

 Read Full Article