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Codes of ethics and conduct


Below are listed selected Codes of ethics and Codes of Conduct. Such codes are the culmination of the principles of ethics and so are a good illustration of how ethical ideas are applied as guidelines in our professional lives.

A Code of ethics focusses on the values that underpin the code and will outline the organisation's obligation to it's self and society. Such codes may include guidance to staff on ethical standards and how to ethically achieve the goals of the organization.
Such a code of ethics would be, for example, followed by faculty staff in the university include management, policy makers and lecturers. The goal being providing high quality education and research within a fair and safe environment for teachers, students and society in general.

A Code of conduct usually sets out restrictions on behavior (more rule-based than principle-based). Such rules are usually formulated for employees of an organisation and will be consistent with the code of ethics.

NGOs, Unions, Associations


IEEE code of ethics
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

ASEE code of ethics
The ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) website, it is a nonprofit organization committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.

NSPE code of ethics
The NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) is an organization dedicated to the non-technical concerns of licensed professional engineers. It's mission is to enhance the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering.

Engineering Council / Royal Academy of Engineering statement of ethical principles
The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession, it sets and maintains internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics.

FIDIC code of ethics
FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers)

Various code of ethics list by the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan.

JSCE code of ethics
JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers)

JSEE code of ethics
(Japanese Society for Engineering Education)

Of course it is not only engineers that should adhere to ethics:

Turkish Psychological Association code of ethics

Hippocratic Oath; classic(2400 years old) and modern versions.
The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically.

Universities / Academic

Boğaziçi University code of ethics

CERN internal audit code of ethics
CERN is a large international research center funded by many countries and has a budget of the order of 1 billion euros a year. CERN auditing is an independent activity designed to encourage effect use of the budget and improve governance. To ensure these goals are met the audit is subject to a code of ethics.

CERN code of conduct
Thousands of people (staff, senior researchers, students) from all over the world work at or in association with CERN. These people are all expected to follow a code of conduct.


UK Civil Service code of conduct
A Civil Service supports the Government in developing and implementing its policies, and in delivering public services.

UK Members of Parliament (MPs) code of conduct (see pages 3 and 4)
Members of parliament are involved in legislation and governance of a country and so it is especailly important that they conduct themselves ethically.

Private Sector

Ford code of conduct handbook
We have avoided including large documents, however an exception is the inclusion of this very well written handbook that covers many aspects of ethics and conduct clearly and concisely.

Sabancı Group code of business ethics.

Google code of conduct.

Turkish Airlines code of ethics