ICE joins International Ethics Standards Coalition

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has joined an international coalition that will develop the first set of globally-recognised ethics standards for real-estate and built environment professional organisations.

The International Ethics Standards Coalition (IESC), which was created at the United Nations (New York) in October 2014, consists of member organisations with professionals working in a diverse range of countries including China, Brazil, Dubai, Russia and India.

ICE – the professional body representing the 86,000 civil engineers and technicians across the world who design, build and maintain our infrastructure - is the 60th organisation to join the coalition.

IESC members - many of which already have their own codes of conduct focusing on qualities like trustworthiness, integrity and respect - will work together to align ethics principles through a new international standard. In the UK the construction industry and employers are increasingly keen to demonstrate ethical behaviour.

ICE Director of Membership, Sean Harris, said: “ICE has its own robust standards and codes of conduct and is committed to working with our fellow global professionals in developing a common ethics standard.

“Establishing this important standard across the entire supply chain will enhance transparency, consistency and trust in the services being offered by professionals in what is a global interconnected market place.”

David Orr, Vice President of ICE’s Ethics Committee signed the declaration on behalf of the Institution.

It is hoped that the new International Ethics Standard will be ready by early 2016.

For more information about the coalition see: www.ies-coalition.org/

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.

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