Code of Ethics

APEGS Code of Ethics

All members and licensees shall recognize the engineering and geoscience code of ethics as a set of enduring principles guiding their conduct and way of life and shall conduct themselves in an honourable and ethical manner, upholding the values of truth, honesty, and trustworthiness, and shall safeguard human life and welfare and the environment. Demonstrating and applying professional ethics in engineering and geoscience is essential at all times while practicing. Without restricting this generality, members and licensees shall:

(a) hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and the protection of the environment and promote health and safety within the workplace;

(b) offer services, advise on or undertake professional assignments only in areas of their competence, and practise in a careful and diligent manner;

(c) act as faithful agents of their clients or employers, maintain confidentiality, and avoid conflicts of interest;

(d) keep themselves informed in order to maintain their competence, strive to advance the body of knowledge within which they practise, and provide opportunities for professional development of their subordinates;

(e) conduct themselves with fairness, courtesy and good faith towards clients, colleagues, employees and others; give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional criticism;

(f) clearly present to employers and clients the possible consequences if professional decisions or judgments are overruled or disregarded;

(g) report to the Association any alleged illegal practices, professional incompetence or professional misconduct by members;

(h) be aware of, and ensure that clients and employers are made aware of, societal and environmental consequences of actions or projects, and endeavour to interpret professional issues to the public in an objective and truthful manner; and

(i) build their reputations and offer their services on the basis of merit and compete fairly with others considering all relevant factors, not just fees.