Ethics in Engineering

We list, here, the "codes of ethics", which many engineers follow.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
This code was approved in August 1990.

Code of Ethics

We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our
technologies affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and
in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and
the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest
ethical and professional conduct and agree:

    1. to accept responsibility in making engineering decisions 
       consistent with the safety, health and welfare of the public,
       and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the
       public or the environment;
    2. to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever   
       possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when 
       they do exist;
    3. to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates
       based on available data;
    4. to reject bribery in all its forms;
    5. to improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate
       application, and potential consequences;
    6. to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake
       technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or
       experience, to after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
    7. to seak, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work,
       to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the
       contributions of others;
    8. to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race,
       religion, gender, disability, age, or national origin;
    9. to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or
       employment by false or malicious action;
   10. to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional
       development and to support them in following this code of

       We do not intend our framework to replace such codes, but   
   introduce it into the literature to facilitate discussion and   
   recognition of ethical dilemmas in practive.

If you know of any other codes, then please drop us a line.

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