Example of a Code of Ethics

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The Fundamental Principles

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:
  • using their knowledge for the enhancement of human welfare
  • being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and client;
  • striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and
  • supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

The Fundamental Canons

1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.

2. Engineers shall perform services only in the areas of their competence.

3. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.

5. Engineers shall build professional reputations on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.

6, Engineers shall associate only with reputable persons or organizations.

7. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers, headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, is an international professional society dedicated to serving its members and the manufacturing community through the advancement of professionalism, knowledge, and learning. Founded in 1932, SME has nearly 65,000 members in 70 countries. The society also sponsors some 275 chapters, districts and regions, as well as 240 student chapters worldwide.


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