Research and analysis

Promoting standards in public life: best practice

The Committee on Standards in Public Life's 14th report examines what works in promoting high ethical standards in public life.


Standards matter: a review of best practice in promoting good behaviour in public life

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This report examines:

  • if standards of conduct in public life have improved since the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s 1st report in 1995
  • what works best in promoting high ethical standards in organisations that provide public services
  • what needs to be done to continue to embed high standards in public life

It also includes guidance to help organisations establish and maintain high standards.

Published 17 January 2013