The Institution’s Code of Conduct
sets a benchmark for members’ professional and ethical behaviour, providing an assurance to all that our members carry out their professional activities in accordance with the Institution’s values and principles. In addition, our members set and maintain the high reputation that the structural engineering profession holds in society by providing their services with professional excellence, integrity, fairness, care and courtesy; by communicating effectively to various audiences; and by exercising appropriate judgement in the performance of their role.
The Code of Conduct
now includes explicit obligations towards safety, sustainability, climate change, and diversity & inclusion, demonstrating that members of the Institution undertake their professional duties with the upmost consideration for their client’s rights, and cognisant of the short-term and long-term impacts of their actions, taking measures to protect their client’s interests whilst considering, and respecting, life, law, the environment and public good. The additions include:
Guidance Note 7
Members should be aware of the impact their professional duties have on the environment and take proactive measures to operate in a sustainable manner. In doing so members should consider the effects of their design and the impact of that design on the environment by considering the whole life cycle of the building through design, construction, use, re-use and demolition such that it reduces unnecessary consumption of resources and minimises waste.
Guidance Note 9
Members should be aware of and have a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the performance of their professional duties. In doing so, members will engender a positive and supportive culture, free of bullying, harassment, victimisation, and unlawful discrimination and where respect for all colleagues and clients is upheld.
The new Code of Conduct will also guide Members to examples of "best practice" available elsewhere in the Institution's website, such as the Institution’s Business Practice Notes.
Shaping the urban environment Structural engineers shape our world with their mastery of materials and design (image: Suzhou Dajia double bridges, Suzhou, China - 2018 Structural Awards shortlist.
Credit: Shanghai Co-Base Structural Steel co.,ltd
Enabling future technology Engineering excellence allows structures to be built for extreme conditions, creating potential new energy sources (image: Meygen Phase 1A Tidal Turbine, Scotland - 2017 Structural Award winner)
Credit: Robert Bird Group
Creating amazing spaces Engineers help realise architectural visions, pushing the boundaries of what is possible (image: Victoria and Albert Museum, London - 2018 Structural Award winner)
Credit: Hufton & Crow
Making the old new again Engineers help rejuvenate old structures safely and beautifully (image: King's Cross gasholders, London - 2018 Structural Awards shortlist)
Credit: Ove Arup and Partners
Building super-tall Engineering ingenuity allows the construction of skyscrapers even in zones prone to earthquakes and hurricanes (image: Tencent Seafront Towers, Nanshan District, People’s Republic of China - 2018 Structural Awards shortlist)
Credit: Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., LTD
Making connections Many of our members are bridge designers, connecting communities and improving access in elegant, interesting ways (image: Geneva Mobile Walkway - 2017 Structural Award winner)
Credit: Gabriele Guscetti|Etienne Bouleau|Jérôme Pochat
Designing strength Structural engineers design the framework of buildings, based on their highly skilled mastery of materials and loading effects (image: Leadenhall Building, London - 2017 Structural Awards shortlist)
Sheltering from the elements Many of our most striking roof designs are feats of structural engineering, spanning farther with less material (image: San Mames stadium, Bilbao, Spain - 2017 Structural Awards winner)
Members are, justifiably, held in high professional regard. Adherence to the values and principles, as defined by the Code of Conduct, sets members apart from those structural engineers who are not members of the Institution, providing an excellent endorsement of members’ ethical and professional conduct.
Code of Conduct
The new Code of Conduct will be published on 1 January 2022.
For further information contact [email protected] .