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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

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