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Statement of Ethical Principles

All professionally registered engineers and technicians have committed to working in an ethical and socially responsible manner according to their professional engineering institution’s code of conduct, issued in line with guidance from the Engineering Council.

Together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Council has produced a statement of ethical principles to guide engineering practice. This statement summarises the fundamental principles and is designed to supplement the codes of conduct published by the engineering institutions.

The statement draws on discussions with engineers from a range of engineering institutions and philosophers specialising in applied ethics. It is underpinned by four fundamental principles to guide engineers and technicians in achieving the high ideas of professional life:

1. Honesty and integrity

Engineering professionals have a duty to uphold the highest standards of professional conduct including openness, fairness, honesty and integrity.
They should:

  • act in a reliable and trustworthy manner
  • be alert to the ways in which their work and behaviour might
    affect others and respect the privacy, rights and reputations of
    other parties and individuals
  • respect confidentiality
  • declare conflicts of interest
  • avoid deception and take steps to prevent or report corrupt
  • practices or professional misconduct
  • eject bribery and improper influence

2. Respect for life, law, the environment and public good

Engineering professionals have a duty to obey all applicable laws and regulations and give due weight to facts, published standards and guidance and the wider public interest.
They should:

  • hold paramount the health and safety of others and draw
    attention to hazards
  • ensure their work is lawful and justified
  • recognise the importance of physical and cyber security and
    data protection
  • respect and protect personal information and intellectual
  • protect, and where possible improve, the quality of built and
    natural environments
  • maximise the public good and minimise both actual and
    potential adverse effects for their own and succeeding
  • take due account of the limited availability of natural resources
    uphold the reputation and standing of the profession

3. Accuracy and rigour

Engineering professionals have a duty to acquire and use wisely the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to perform their role.
They should:

  • always act with care
    perform services only in areas in which they are currently
    competent or under competent supervision
  • keep their knowledge and skills up to date
  • assist the development of engineering knowledge and skills in
  • present and review theory, evidence and interpretation honestly,
    accurately, objectively and without bias, while respecting
    reasoned alternative views
  • identify, evaluate, quantify, mitigate and manage risks
    not knowingly mislead or allow others to be misled

4. Leadership and communication

Engineering professionals have a duty to abide by and promote high standards of leadership and communication.
They should:

  • be aware of the issues that engineering and technology raise for
    society, and listen to the aspirations and concerns of others
  • promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • promote public awareness and understanding of the impact and
    benefits of engineering achievements
  • be objective and truthful in any statement made in their
    professional capacity
  • challenge statements or policies that cause them professional

Download the Statement of Ethical Principles

The Statement of Ethical Principles has been designed to be read alongside your institution’s code of conduct

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