Honesty, Integrity, and Confidentiality

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Honesty, Integrity and  Confidentiality PHIL/ENGR 482 ETHICS and ENGINEERING
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Required reading. .. Harris, et. al, Engineering Ethics-- Concepts and Cases Ch. 6, “Honesty, Integrity and Reliability” Case 5  “Aircraft Brakes”, pg 303
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From the Codes of Ethics:  the  engineer should. .. be “…objective and truthful. ..” be “honest and realistic in stating  claims…” “... offer honest criticism…” be “…honest and impartial…” be “…objective and truthful…” participate in “…none but honest  enterprise…” “...avoid deceptive acts…”
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How important is “honesty” to  industry? Ethics Officers Association  (EOA) Currently 354 Total EOA Members  from Fortune 500 list of companies $1,000/year membership dues  148 Engineering Firms CEO’s actively involved Reflects reality of the business world
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Business ethics policy and agreement for  domestic consultants by company X: When acting on behalf of X, Consultant and its  employees and agents shall comply with all  applicable legal requirements and the highest ethical  standards  of the United States and each foreign  country in which business is conducted. No payment  on behalf of X shall be approved without  adequate supporting documentation, or made with  the intention or understanding that any part of such  payment is to be used for any purpose other than that  described  by the documents supporting the payment.
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Sample ethics policy (cont’d.) It is X's policy to comply fully with all applicable  laws and governmental rules and regulations, and to  conduct its business honorably and with due regard  to ethics and propriety, as well as law.  Accordingly,  the Company desires not only to avoid actual  impropriety, but also the appearance of impropriety .   X's relationship with all governmental agencies and  their officials and personnel in the United States and  in each foreign country in which business is  conducted shall be, in all respects, such that public  disclosure of full details  thereof will not impugn or  jeopardize X's integrity or reputation.
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It is the policy of X to report to the proper authorities   any corroborated instance where a federal, state or  local public official attempts to obtain money or  property from X by the wrongful use of his official  position or as a condition to perform certain duties he  is normally obligated to perform.  All such incidents  should be immediately reported in full detail to the  appropriate X official.  Under no circumstances may  Consultant agree on behalf of X to any extortion or  solicitation of a bribe or kickback. Sample ethics policy (cont’d.)
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