Video | CIOB plans to be construction’s ‘moral compass’

5 September 2019 | By CM staff

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has set out its plans to act as a “moral compass” for the construction industry, with the publication of its Corporate Plan.

The Corporate Plan sets out the direction of the CIOB for the 2020-2023 period.

It details how the CIOB wants to improve the quality of life for creators and users of the built environment, to drive up professional standards and push forward innovation, as well as influencing political decisions related to the construction industry.

The new Corporate Plan also places a strong emphasis on the values of professionalism, integrity, experience and respect.

Commenting recently about its launch, Eddie Tuttle, CIOB director of policy, research and public affairs, said: “The 2020-2023 plan was developed by the Board of Trustees through collaboration with contributors from the global CIOB community. It is something that, to my mind, links perfectly with the quality agenda – we lead the new corporate plan with the theme of the moral compass of the construction industry. We see our role, as the leading professional organisation in construction management, as being an important point on that moral compass.”


If leadership is about 'doing the right thing', then I'm heartened to read that the key principle of this CIOB Corporate Plan is about the institute articulating its desire to help be a 'moral compass' for the sector.

My own personal expectations are that all good leaders should as a minimum, act with integrity, and accountability. Unfortunately, such expectations are now seldom met. Additionally, the behaviours demonstrated by several prominent societal 'leaders', perhaps also suggests that a deficit of good character abounds.

Therefore it's great to see the CIOB calibrate, and explicitly state its position here. It seems that paraphrasing the late, great Steven Covey, the CIOB is making sure that 'our ladder' is leaning against 'the right wall'.

Dr Barry Gledson, 9 September 2019

This plan is a carefully written document that promises nothing that society would not expect. The CIOB should concentrate on basics and not try to be everything to everybody.

Deryck Uprichard, 9 September 2019

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