ES Guidelines on Professional Conduct

Demonstrate Integrity
1.1 Act on the basis of a well-informed conscience

  • Be discerning and do what you think is right
  • Act impartially and objectively
  • Act appropriately, and in a professional manner, when you perceive something to be wrong
  • Give due weight to all legal, contractual and employment obligations
1.2 Be honest and trustworthy

  • Accept, as well as give, honest and fair criticism
  • Be prepared to explain your work and reasoning
  • Give proper credit to those to whom proper credit is due
  • In managing perceived conflicts of interest, ensure that those conflicts are disclosed to relevant parties
  • Respect confidentiality obligations, express or implied
  • Do not engage in fraudulent, corrupt, or criminal conduct
1.3 Respect the dignity of all persons

  • Treat others with courtesy and without discrimination or harassment
  • Apply knowledge and skills without bias in respect of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or family status, national origin, or mental or physical handicaps
Practice Competently
2.1 Maintain and develop knowledge and skills

  • Continue to develop relevant knowledge and expertise
  • Act in a careful and diligent manner
  • Seek peer review
  • Support the ongoing development of others
2.2 Represent areas of competence objectively

  • Practice within areas of competence
  • Neither falsify nor misrepresent qualifications, grades of membership, experience or prior responsibilities
2.3 Act on the basis of adequate knowledge

  • Practice in accordance with legal and statutory requirements, and with the commonly accepted standards of the day
  • Inform employers or clients if a task requires qualifications and experience outside your areas of competence
Exercise Leadership
3.1 Uphold the reputation and trustworthiness of the practice of engineering

  • Advocate and support the extension of ethical practice
  • Engage responsibly in public debate and deliberation
3.2 Support and encourage diversity

  • Select, and provide opportunities for all engineering practitioners on the basis of merit
  • Promote diversity in engineering leadership
3.3 Communicate honestly and effectively, taking into account the reliance of others on engineering expertise

  • Provide clear and timely communications on issues such as engineering services, costs, outcomes and risks
Promote Sustainability
4.1 Engage responsibly with the community and other stakeholders

  • Be sensitive to public concerns
  • Inform employers or clients of the likely consequences of proposed activities on the community and the environment
  • Promote the involvement of all stakeholders and the community in decisions and processes that may impact upon them and the environment
4.2 Practice engineering to foster the health, safety and wellbeing of the community and the environment

  • Incorporate social, cultural, health, safety, environment and economic considerations into the engineering task
4.3 Balance the needs of the present with the needs of future generations

  • In identifying sustainable outcomes consider all options in terms of their economic, environment and social consequences
  • Aim to deliver outcomes that do not compromise the ability of future life to enjoy the same or better environment, health, wellbeing and safety as currently enjoyed