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1 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Presented by the President’s Apprentices Institution of Civil Engineers

2 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit ICE President’s Apprentices 2012/13 Engineering Ethics Toolkit Hayley Sharp, DFID Cath Inglesfield, Mott MacDonald Sanaya Kerawala, Mott MacDonald Conall Doherty, Buro Happold Mark Sanders, CH2M Hill Richard Smith, Thames Water

3 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Overview Our Aims What is ethics? Survey results Toolkit Introduction Key messages Tonight's workshop

4 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit To launch an ethics initiative that will engage Civil Engineers at all levels To develop a toolkit to provide guidance to engineers making difficult decisions Our Vision: To get people talking about ethics in Civil Engineering Aims

5 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit 5 Ethics Survey Results Responses by Location Results from members survey

6 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Being professional Acting with integrity Abiding by legislation Balancing sustainable development needs Considering Health and Safety What is ethics in engineering?

7 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit 7 Ethics Survey Results Do you get involved in the ethical challenges facing your company? Should the ICE be doing more to promote ethics? 81% of respondents were aware of the ICE Code of Professional Conduct however only 11% had referred to it in a professional situation! 62% of respondents want to see more online ethics resources and example case studies relevant to them and their work. Results from members survey

8 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit 7 Graduates Technicians Engineers Senior Eng/ Team Leader Business Development Retired 58% of respondents have worked professionally outside of the UK 35% of respondents are members of other professional institutions Key Results from members survey

9 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit “I would challenge the decision internally. If challenge is rejected, consider whether you wish to stay with company.” “Use the company's internal processes to flag up the issue and seek information / clarification on their decision.” “I think one has to accept the decision or resign.” “Try to understand the root cause for the decision.” 9 Results from members survey

10 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Integrity Competency Public Interest Sustainability Continued Professional Development Notifying the ICE 1 10 Rules of Professional Conduct

11 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Ethical Guidance for Individuals 1010 Decision Making Flowchart

12 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Ethical Guidance for Employers 1 Ethics in Your Organisation

13 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit ICE Ethics Website ice.org.uk/ethics

14 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit 3. Always challenge and question! 1. Being ethical is being professional 2. Ethical issues are responsibility of all individuals Key Messages

15 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Acknowledgements The Apprentices would like to thank: Rob Lawlor, Lecturer in Applied Ethics, Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, University of Leeds Barry Clarke, ICE President 2012/13 and Professor of Civil Engineering Geotechnics, University of Leeds The Apprentices would also like to thank their organisations for their support: Atkins, Buro Happold, CH2M HILL, Mott MacDonald & Thames Water

16 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit 1 Barry Clarke Rob Lawlor ICE President Lecturer of Applied Ethics, Leeds University 2 Keith Clarke Director of Sustainability, Atkins 3 Richard Coackley Former ICE President Director, URS 4 Peter Hansford Government Chief Construction Adviser 5 Martin Baggs Chief Executive Officer, Thames Water 6 Guy Leonard Managing Director, Mott MacDonald 7 David Balmforth ICE Vice President Director, MWH Tonight’s Chairs

17 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit – 19.15Chairs introduce ethical case studies – 19.40Tables discuss case studies, note down key arguments Consider the Toolkit: ICE Rules of Professional Conduct Decision Making Flowchart – 19.55Tables present findings – 20.00Closing remarks by Barry Clarke – 20.45Networking and drinks reception Tonight’s Workshop

18 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit You notice that a junior colleague appears to be suffering from significant stress levels as a result of a high level of responsibility on a very sensitive project. Over a brief discussion with your manager, you learn that the project is under-resourced and that your colleague has barely slept for over a week. Your manager appears reluctant to commit more resources to the job as the profit margin is already quite low and the division within the business is struggling. Your manager mentions that many young engineers would grasp at the chance to take on this level of responsibility so early on in their career and that this is a fantastic opportunity for your colleague’s career progression. Your manager mentions that your colleague is delivering the project successfully and in any case there are only a few months remaining on the contract. Case Study 1: Health, Safety & Wellbeing

19 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Case Study 2: Sustainability You are on your company’s Board of Directors and currently deciding whether to bid for work associated with the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. The Board is divided. Some completely disagree with the principle of Qatar hosting the world cup due to the blatant disregard for the environment through such vast infrastructural development. However, others refer to the economic and social components of sustainability being beneficial to Qatar. Qatar is attempting to use its resources and this global event to establish itself as a progressive nation and as a catalyst for its own societal development.

20 Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Ethics Toolkit Case Study 3: Diversity You have been asked by your manager to oversee the recruitment of 5 new graduates. As you are reviewing the applications, you notice that only 3 women have applied for the job, compared to over 20 men. You begin by shortlisting the applications based on merit alone and realise that only 1 of the women actually meet the experience requirements, compared with 12 of the men. Your manager has previously advised that you consider the new Engineering Diversity Concordant the company has agreed to. It must now demonstrate its commitment to addressing the gender, ethnicity and disability gap in the profession. A colleague advises that you select 2 women and 3 men for the role and that any inexperience can be quickly made up for on the job.


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