The Employment Standards Institute (ESI)

Towards global competence, ethical conduct and compliance

The Institute has been established by The Federation of International Employers (FedEE) to undertake research into, and training about, a wide variety of employment-related topics – including the implementation of ISO HR standards, corporate codes of ethics, the growth of ADR mechanisms in the light of mandatory arbitration clauses (Epic Systems), the extension of equal pay to cover all protected categories (the New Jersey Law), the impact of labour displacing technologies and the employment consequences of a “no deal” Brexit… and much more.

The Institute is an individual professional membership body with its own code of practice. It constitutes a move into the centre ground between the interests of employer and employee. As such, it is able to undertake research in a purely objective way. Neither does it reflect any political agenda nor the interests of private enterprise against the state. It does, however, espouse a fundamental ethical stance concerning the way employees should be treated and against practices such as the grey economy, child labour, modern slavery, third-world corruption and misuse of powers.


The institute seeks to promote the use of HR-related standards across the business community worldwide. We were established by the Federation of International Employers (FedEE) and brings into the field of ethics and standards what FedEE does so well in the field of employment law.

Please give us your views about our Draft Employment Standards Code, thank you.

Selected corporate governance and ethical Codes

Airbus  –  Autoliv – Bombardier –CRH  – Google/Alphabet – Kobe Steel – Manpower Group – Microsoft –  Orascom Construction – Thomson Reuters – Total

General HR-related standards

ISO HR Standards – Standards Australia: Gender inclusive job evaluation and Grading  – Standards Australia: Workforce planning – Korean standards association: Guidelines for Job application form  – Bureau of Indian Standards: Social accountability at the workplace – Netherlands Standards: TEMPORARY WORK BUSINESSES AND (SUB)CONTRACTORS – Interstandard (Russia): Organisational planning and theory – BSI Valuing people through diversity and inclusion BSI COP on health and wellbeing (Employment)

There is, in the views of its founders, much ground to be made up by policy makers – at both a governmental and company level.  There are many questions asked, but few practical answers. We intend to rectify that and ensure that future decisions are based on the sound, informed foundations of existing laws, good practice, professional standards and ethical principles. This should be of principal concern to HR practitioners, especially as existing professional bodies are not geared to address these major long-term issues.

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