Our Culture


In accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, we hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree:

  • to accept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
  • to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
  • to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;
  • to reject bribery in all its forms;
  • to improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate application, and potential consequences;
  • to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
  • to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;
  • to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, age, or national origin;
  • to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;
  • to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.