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Bylaws & Code of Ethics

Organization Bylaws

Bylaws for both the SHRM Hawaii Chapter and the SHRM Hawaii Educational Foundation are available for download in PDF format. Please use the buttons below to download and view each document.


SHRM Hawaii Board Policies (PDF)

Code of Ethics

SHRM Hawaii has adopted the SHRM Code of Ethics which sets forth six core principles. These principles are:

  1. Professional Responsibility

  2. As 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. This means we should:

    1. Adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior;
    2. Measure the effectiveness of HR in contributing to or achieving organizational goals;
    3. Comply with the law;
    4. Work consistent with the values of the profession;
    5. Strive to achieve the highest levels of service, performance and social responsibility;
    6. Advocate for the appropriate use and appreciation of human beings as employees; and
    7. Advocate openly and within the established forums for debate in order to influence decision-making and results.

  3. Professional Development

  4. As professionals we must strive to meet the highest standards of competence and commit to strengthen our competencies on a continuous basis. This means we should:

    1. Pursue formal academic opportunities;
    2. Commit to continuous learning, skills development and application of new knowledge related to both human resource management and the organizations we serve;
    3. Contribute to the body of knowledge, the evolution of the profession and the growth of individuals through teaching, research and dissemination of knowledge; and
    4. Pursue certification such as CCP, CEBS, PHR, SPHR, etc. where available, or comparable measures of competencies and knowledge.

  5. Ethical Leadership

  6. HR professionals are expected to exhibit individual leadership as a role model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct. This means we should:

    1. Be ethical; act ethically in every professional interaction;
    2. Question pending individual and group actions when necessary to ensure that decisions are ethical and are implemented in an ethical manner;
    3. Seek expert guidance if ever in doubt about the ethical propriety of a situation; and
    4. Through teaching and mentoring, champion the development of others as ethical leaders in the profession and in organizations.

  7. Fairness and Justice

  8. As human resource professionals, we are ethically responsible for promoting and fostering fairness and justice for all employees and their organizations. This means we should:

    1. Respect the uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every individual;
    2. Treat people with dignity, respect and compassion to foster a trusting work environment free of harassment, intimidation, and unlawful discrimination;
    3. Ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop their skills and new competencies;
    4. Assure an environment of inclusiveness and a commitment to diversity in the organizations we serve;
    5. Develop, administer and advocate policies and procedures that foster fair, consistent and equitable treatment for all;
    6. Regardless of personal interests, support decisions made by our organizations that are both ethical and legal;
    7. Act in a responsible manner and practice sound management in the country(ies) in which the organizations we serve operate;

  9. Conflicts of Interest

  10. As 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. This means we should:

    1. Adhere to and advocate the use of published policies on conflicts of interest within your organization;
    2. Refrain from using your position for personal, material or financial gain or the appearance of such;
    3. Refrain from giving or seeking preferential treatment in the human resources processes; and
    4. Prioritize your obligations to identify conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof; when conflicts arise, disclose them to relevant stakeholders.

  11. Use of Information

  12. HR professionals consider and protect the rights of individuals, especially in the acquisition and dissemination of information while ensuring truthful communications and facilitating informed decision-making. This means we should:

    1. Acquire and disseminate information through ethical and responsible means;
    2. Ensure only appropriate information is used in decisions affecting the employment relationship;
    3. Investigate the accuracy and source of information before allowing it to be used in employment related decisions;
    4. Maintain current and accurate HR information;
    5. Safeguard restricted or confidential information;
    6. Take appropriate steps to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all communicated information about HR policies and practices; and
    7. Take appropriate steps to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all communicated information used in HR-related training.

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