Letter From The President

Dear SHRM Member,

As a dedicated HR professional, you understand how the world of work has become increasingly complex, volatile and fast-paced. The issues of the day— from the skills gap to immigration, sexual harassment and more—show up in the workplace. The practice of HR requires strategy, creativity and flexibility, as well as the ability to anticipate and shape the future. HR’s leadership has never been more critical to our businesses and our economy’s health. This is why I am so proud of this profession and our dedicated members.

Today, we stand on the shoulders of the people who founded SHRM as the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) in 1948. They set in motion one of the great forces for good in this world. It began from a simple notion that HR practitioners, those most familiar with the workplace, should have a say in how the world of work is regulated and built. From the beginning, we have sought to courageously drive change rather than to be driven by it. From this bold idea in Berea, Ohio, SHRM has blossomed into a global presence.

It is also why SHRM remains firmly committed to providing an expanding array of innovative resources, events and networking opportunities—as well as offering the world’s pre-eminent HR certifications, the SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP®.

This guide is designed to provide a helpful summary of all the benefits SHRM membership offers. Keep it handy–you will likely use different resources in different ways as you advance through your career as a practitioner, advocate and trusted advisor for the people you serve. Our more than 325,000 members tell us daily about the value of SHRM membership. We have guided, developed and given a powerful voice to HR professionals for 75 years. As you grow in this dynamic, evolving profession, having SHRM as your career partner will enrich your professional journey.


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

SHRM Code of Ethical and Professional Standards in Human Resource Management

Introduction to Code of Ethics

More than 285,000 SHRM members around the globe look to the Society for their vision and their values. In this role, SHRM assumes a responsibility to serve its members and the public with integrity. To fulfill this responsibility, SHRM is committed to conducting all operations in accordance with the SHRM code of ethics.

SHRM's Bylaws

Our Bylaws are the Society’s Operating Manual. They define:


    • Composition of the Board of Directors and how it will function;
    • Roles and duties of directors and officers;
    • Rules and procedures for holding meetings, electing directors, and appointing officers;
    • Conflict of interest policies and procedures; and
    • Other essential association governance matters.
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