One of Engineers Ireland’s objectives in the Bye Laws is ‘maintaining a proper standard of professional ethics and conduct.’ All members must meet the standards of ethics and conduct set out in the Code of Ethics. The Code applies to all Engineers Ireland members, irrespective of their grade, the professional role they fulfil, or the country or countries in which they practice. It is the duty of each member to comply with the provisions of the Code.
The Code of Ethics (2023) sets out how members must act at all times with fairness, courtesy and good faith toward all persons with whom the member has professional dealings, and in accordance with the public good. A member’s obligations to the client can never override their responsibility to the public good, and members of Engineers Ireland should not enter undertakings which compromise this responsibility. Members must uphold the values of truth, honesty, trustworthiness, and sustainability, and safeguard human life and welfare, and the environment.
The aim of the separation of the Code document into two new documents (the Code of Ethics and its accompanying Disciplinary Procedures for Breaches of the Code of Ethics) is to allow the code of conduct piece to be shorter and more concise. Bringing forward a shorter Code of Ethics document is deliberate as narrative and understanding around ethical behaviour can be complex. The objective of this two-page document is to have direct statements for our members that convey meaning accurately, and get to the core of our member-obligations.