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/