AIChE's Code of Ethics

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Code of Ethics

AIChE Code of Ethics

Board approved November 2015

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers adopted this Code of Ethics to which it expects that the professional conduct of its members shall conform, and to which every applicant attests by signing his or her membership application. Members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers shall uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by: being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity their employers, their clients, and the public; striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare. To achieve these goals, members shall:

  1. Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.
  2. Formally advise their employers or clients (and consider further disclosure, if warranted) if they perceive that a consequence of their duties will adversely affect the present or future health or safety of their colleagues or the public.
  3. Accept responsibility for their actions, seek and heed critical review of their work and offer objective criticism of the work of others.
  4. Issue statements or present information only in an objective and truthful manner.
  5. Act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, avoiding conflicts of interest and never breaching confidentiality.
  6. Treat all colleagues and co-workers fairly and respectfully, recognizing their unique contributions and capabilities by fostering an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  7. Perform professional services only in areas of their competence.
  8. Build their professional reputations on the merits of their services.
  9. Continue their professional development throughout their careers, and provide opportunities for the professional development of those under their supervision.
  10. Never tolerate harassment.
  11. Conduct themselves in a fair, honorable and respectful manner.

Violations of this code of ethics should be reported promptly to the AIChE President or Executive Director.

 Code of Ethics (Download)

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is comprised of the five most recent available Past Presidents and elects its own chair.  It convenes to consider all matters of professional ethics upon request by the Board of Directors. The Ethics Committee also maintains AIChE’s Code of Ethics.

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