The Engineering Council is to hold a special online event open to anyone who works in engineering to mark the release of a new report that explores the ethical questions related to the profession.
Engineering shapes our world and it’s crucial to ensure the public has confidence that the profession acts ethically, the council said. Opinion surveys indicate that the engineering profession is generally respected by the public; according to the latest Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, 84 per cent of those surveyed said that they trust engineers to tell the truth. However, the council stresses that it’s important that the ethical practice of engineering continues to evolve and that members of the profession don’t become complacent.
The report, ‘Engineering Ethics: Maintaining society’s trust in the engineering profession’, proposes a series of actions for the engineering profession to take forward with the aim of promoting a more ethical culture within engineering. It has been produced by the joint Engineering Ethics Reference Group, established by the Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019, chaired by Professor David Bogle CEng FIChemE FREng, deputy president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
The event, which will take place at 6pm on 21 February, is free to attend. It will include a panel discussion with Professor Bogle, Chi Onwurah MP, the chairman of the Engineering Council, Professor Chris Atkin CEng FRAeS FREng, Dr Ollie Folayan CEng FIChemE, co-founder of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers, and others.
Anyone who wishes to attend should register here.
The Engineering Council’s Statement of Ethical Principles can be found here.