Members of the Institution throughout the world are bound by ICE's Code of Professional Conduct. This ensures that all members observe the highest standards of conduct and professionalism.
ICE members who breach the Code of Professional Conduct, or any of the ICE By-laws, lay themselves open to disciplinary action by ICE.
If you think that an ICE member may have breached the ICE Code of Professional Conduct, and you would like guidance on how to make a complaint to ICE, please download the guidelines for making a complaint about the conduct of an ICE member.
ICE also provides additional, separate advice to its members on broader ethical issues in its advice on ethical conduct. All ICE members must act according to the Code of Professional Conduct, but they do not have to follow the advice on ethical conduct, except for those sections dealing with bribery and corruption.
ICE members may also wish to be aware of the Transparency International (UK) Anti-Corruption Code for individuals in the construction and engineering industry. This contains an analysis of the law governing the prevention of fraud and corruption, and numerous examples of how the law can be broken deliberately or inadvertently.
ICE is a founder-member of the UK Anti-Corruption Forum, an alliance of UK business associations, professional institutions, organisations and businesses with interests in the domestic and international infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors. The Forum was established in October 2004. You can read the latest issue of the Forum's quarterly newsletter on their website.
ICE has recently published guidance for its members in relation to the operation of the Bribery Act 2010 and its impact upon the profession. Additionally, members can view the Institution's guidelines in relation to 'whistleblowing' and the protections available under law.
Guidance for members working outside the UK
ICE members who are based in UK and are concerned about bribery and corruption outside the UK should also read the leaflet UK Bribery and Corruption Law which has been produced jointly by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly the Department of Trade and Industry). This gives information about the changes to UK law that make bribery outside the UK an offence, and also advice about what to do if evidence of bribery by rival companies comes to light, or if there is an attempt to solicit or extort a bribe. Copies of the leaflet are available at all UK Embassies. Further information about bribery and corruption outside the UK is given on the website of the Serious Fraud Office.
ICE members may also wish to read the ICE policy regarding the implications of legal action against managers and engineers and guidance to ICE directors, employees and committee chairmen on Contempt of Court issues.
The Chairman of the Professional Conduct Panel has produced a review of the work of the Professional Conduct Panel over 2006-2007, including an analysis of the outcome of the complaints it has considered, and observations on the types of case that have come before the panel.