Final call for consultation of a vision to embed ethics into engineering

The IDEA Centre's plan to support ethical thinking across the engineering profession is open to consultation up to the end of January.

Engineering Ethics 2028 is a proposed new ethical framework for engineers and businesses, and describes how the industry can better serve the public interest over the next eight years.

The vision was developed with leaders from across the engineering profession, including the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the Engineering Professors’ Council and Engineers Without Borders UK.

It builds on work that started back in 2003 by the RAEng to define the ethical values underlying engineering work. Two years later, the RAEng and Engineering Council jointly published their Statement of Ethical Principles.

Now the IDEA Centre invites professionals from across the engineering industry to consult, critique and help develop the vision.

Much has been said about the conduct, the aims, the qualities that define a professional. This has become more complex, more nuanced and much more exacting over time as the focus moves to include regulation, standards, huge public interest questions of accountability, honesty, integrity, trust and underpinning all of that: ethics.


Engineers and engineering organisations can comment on the consultation up to 25 January 2020.

Find out more about Engineering Ethics 2028, follow the project on Twitter @EngEthics2028 and join the conversation through #EngEthics2028