Ethics

First adopted in 1914, the ASCE Code of Ethics is the model for professional conduct for ASCE members. The Code of Ethics was most recently updated on July 23, 2006. The Code contains seven canons:

1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development in the performance of their professional duties.  

2. Engineers shall perform services only in areas of their competence.  

3. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.  

4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest. 

5. Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.  

6. Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession and shall act with zero tolerance for bribery, fraud, and corruption. 

7. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.  

The parent organization has more information at http://www.asce.org/code-of-ethics/.