About the Say No ethics toolkit
If you find yourself in a difficult situation and are unsure of the right thing to do, the ICE Say No toolkit can help.
It gives specific practical guidance on when to say no, how to say no and what do if you cannot say no. This is useful if the situation could lead to accusations of bribery.
Simply click through the website, select your situation and answer questions about it, and the Say No toolkit will tell you the right action to take.
Where can I get the Say No toolkit?
It is available as both a webpage and as an App, both in the Apple store and Google Play store.
What is Ethics?
Ethics is :
- a system of accepted beliefs that control behaviour
- the study of what is morally right or not
Ethics is a cornerstone of the civil engineering profession and a key element in differentiating us as professionals. Ethics isn’t just about avoiding bad decisions, but also about choosing good ones. The significant contribution that engineering makes to society invokes an inherent duty on us to act ethically.
There is a strong tradition of ethics in engineering. Institutions throughout the world oblige their members to demonstrate their commitment to ethical practice in various ways. For example, in the U.S.A. and Canada, professional engineers take an oath and wear a ring as a constant reminder of their moral, ethical and professional commitment to society. Equally, ICE obliges its members to adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct which defines the ethical standards to which they should abide.
Sample business ethics scenarios
Below you will find some sample scenarioes developed by the Institute of Business Ethics.
These are some examples scenarios. Go through them and ask yourself what you would do plus:
- Would my actions be legal?
- Do they satisfy professional codes of conduct?
- Have I considered all stakeholders?
- Are there any conflicts of interest?
- How would my actions be perceived?
and the final acid test
- How would you feel if your actions were printed on the front page of tomorrow's newspaper?
It is not just the project manager’s responsibility to ensure ethical practice. It is our duty to inform others of good ethical practice. For any scenario you can ask
- What are the ethical issues?
- What are the options?
- Where do the duties lie?
- What will be the impact of the decision? On whom?
- Are there any factors to affect your judgement?
- Have you ever been in a position where you had such a dilemma? What did you do? Would you make the same decision again?
What can I do?
Why not discuss the issues with colleagues in project meetings with contributions from staff at all levels?
Why not organise a workshop in your company to help promote awareness of ethical issues by debating case studies?
ICE’s Six Rules of Professional Conduct are relevant to non-ICE members since we work in a multi-disciplinary environment. Why not share best practice by giving a lunchtime presentation on ethical practice and the ICE Code of Professional Conduct?
The resources below will help you to better understand the principles of ethics in engineering:
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