Civil Engineering Code of Ethics1

to which I subscribe


Fundamental Principles2

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:
  1. using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare and the environment;

  2. being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients;

  3. striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and

  4. supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

Fundamental Canons

  1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development3 in the performance of their professional duties.

  2. Engineers shall perform services only in areas of their competence.

  3. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

  4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.

  5. Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.

  6. Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession.

  7. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.

1 As adopted September 2, 1914, and most recently amended November 10, 1996 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

2 The ASCE adopted THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES of the ABET Code of Ethics of Engineers as accepted by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). (By ASCE Board of Direction action April 12-14, 1975)

3 In November 1996, the ASCE Board of Direction adopted the following definition of Sustainable Development: "Sustainable Development is the challenge of meeting human needs for natural resources, industrial products, energy, food, transportation, shelter, and effective waste management while conserving and protecting environmental quality and the natural resource base essential for future development."


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