The WFPMA was founded in June 1976 with five main objectives:
Now more than a quarter of a century on, with a membership that represents more than 600,000 people management professionals in over 90 national personnel associations around the world, the WFPMA can point to considerable progress in the achievement of its goals and objectives.
Against a backdrop of rapid globalization and the quest for competitive advantage, there is a growing awareness of the role of professional human resource management in helping to deliver that vital edge through people.
Accordingly, the WFPMA has undertaken research to define HR competencies that are globally meaningful and that should facilitate HR training and development throughout the world, and not least in those countries still at an early stage in establishing professional HR programs.
Meanwhile, members of the longer-established HR associations are increasingly finding value in the lively and still growing professional network of the Federation.