Trying To Live In An Ethically Challenged World
We live in an ethically-challenged world. The every-day pressures of business economics, project deadlines, and client demands conspire against all design professionals every day to drive “professionalism” out of their practices. Design professionals, however, must strive to maintain an ethical practice because quite simply – lives depend on it.
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) states as its fundamental Canon of Ethics that all engineers shall “hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” And yet, every day, not infrequently with catastrophic consequences in terms of lives and financial costs, some engineers succumb to a corporate culture that tolerates or even promotes placing project economics ahead of an ethical responsibility to the public.