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The WFPMA was founded in June 1976 with five main objectives:

  1. To improve the quality and effectiveness of professional people management, and to demonstrate the importance of the HR role in all employing organisations, both public and private.
  2. To stimulate and assist in the establishment and development of regional and national personnel man-agement associations in those parts of the world where a continental or regional association does not exist.
  3. To create and maintain contacts with all WFPMA member associations as well as with other organisations which have some activity in the same or similar field.
  4. To support or represent personnel management associations in their contacts with world organisations such as ILO, UNESCO, the UN, etc.
  5. To commission or undertake research which will further broaden understanding of personnel issues.

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.

Communications and information exchange are aided by twice-yearly Board meetings, a biennial World Congress, a website, and a newsletter, WorldLink published five times a year.