Commitment Statement: American Society of Civil Engineers Task Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct

OCTOBER 21 2004

ASCE, in cooperation with others, has begun a journey that will lead over time to the development of principles of professional conduct that will help reduce corruption in all its forms, such as fraud, bribery and other unethical and illegal practices in the engineering and construction industry. Only with openness and transparency in the procurement and delivery of engineering services can resources be efficiently allocated for their intended purpose. As a direct result, with the additional financial resources available, sustainable development and the welfare of the world's population can improve and the quality of life for people everywhere be achieved.

The American Society of Civil Engineers is joining the consulting engineering profession, the construction industry, major lenders, the legal profession, and organizations committed to the battle against worldwide corruption. To meet this challenge, the Society pledges the development of principles and over time adoption of guidelines and policies for ethical professional practice by members of engineering societies in the US and worldwide. These guidelines and policies will include zero tolerance for bribery and promote effective programs for reporting unethical behavior. The Society will consider the best practices adopted by the engineering and construction industry in developing or benchmarking anti-bribery programs.

ASCE, supported by the Task Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct, will provide -- through its media outreach and forums of leaders, and other avenues -- a global communications platform for the issue. Our work will be performed in an open and transparent manner to encourage good faith discussion and negotiations leading to principles and policies that other societies could adopt.

Endorsed by:

Robert A. Crist, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Chair ASCE Task Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct

VP Operations Black and Veatch

Jorge Diaz-Padilla, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

President, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)

Arthur J. Fox Jr., P.E., F.ASCE

Past President of ASCE
Editor Emeritus Engineering News Record

Patricia D. Galloway, Ph.D, P.E., F.ASCE

Past President of ASCE
CEO & President, The Nielsen-Wurster Group

K.N.(Guna) Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE Assist. Vice President Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade, & Douglas, Inc.

William (Bill) P. Henry, P.E., F.ASCE

Past President of ASCE
David G. Leverenz, P.E., F.ASCE Liaison - ASCE International Activities Committee
Michael C. Loulakis, AFF.ASCE Attorney/Partner Wickwire Gavin PC
Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE Liaison - ASCE Committee on Professional Practice
United States Military Academy

Jose Sanjuan Medem, Ph.D.Hon. F.ASCE

Past President, World Federation of Engineering Organizations


Robert (Bob) A. Rubin, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE Partner Seyforth Shaw
Jaime Santamaria-Serrano, P.E., F.ASCE ASCE International Director

Jimmy H. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Director, National Institute for Engineering Ethics

Texas Tech University

P. Kay Whitlock, P.E., M.ASCE

Vice President Christopher B Burke Engineering Ltd
Corresponding Members

Richard O. Anderson, P.E., F.ASCE


President of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Somat Engineering Inc

James R. Baxter

Executive Director

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)

Ozzie F, Belcher


The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)

Fredic S. Berger, M.ASCE Senior Vice President Louis Berger Group, Inc

Eileen Chambers

Executive Director

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

David P. Devine, P.E.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Technology

Civil and Architectural Engineering Technology Department Indiana University

Purdue University Ft. Wayne

Gamal Elsaeed, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE Past ASCE International Director
Sadco Engineering Works

Clive Francis, CCC

Black & Veatch

Past President AACEI

Kurt Goddard

Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation

Vice President

Eva Beryl Huntsinger, P.E., M.ASCE


Shunji Kusayanagi, M.ASCE

Nippon Koei Co. Ltd.


Russell Lefevre, Ph.D.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE VP, Technology Policy Activities

Gordon Masterton, BA, MSc, DIC, CEng, FICE, FIStructE, MCIWEM, FConsE

Babtie Group Lnd

Senior Vice-President, Chairman Executive Board

Institute of Civil Engineers

Douglas Oakervee, F.ASCE, OBE, FREng, CEng, FICE, FHKIE Past President of Institution of Civil Engineers

James W. Poirot, P.E, F.ASCE

Past President of ASCE

Chairman Emeritus CH2MHill

Bobby E. Price, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

National Society of Professional Engineers


Dr Yanjun Qiu, NT AM.ASCE

Southwest Jiatong University

Director, of Foreign Affairs


Jean-Michel Rendu

American Institute of Mining Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers

Carolyn J. Ritchie, P.E.

CNEAP Deepwater Exploration / Projects

Chevron Corporation

Stephen Rohrbach

American Subcontractors Association

Dr. D.K. Sharma, D. Eng., P.E.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Office of Market Oversight and Investigations

Gregs Thomopulos, P.E. F.ASCE

American Council of Engineering Companies ACEC

Chairman International Affairs Committee Stanley Group

Reginald I. Vachon, P.E., ASME, M.ASCE

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Past President of ASME

William Van Wagenen, Jr., M.ASCE, CCM


Hans Van Winkle

Construction Industry Institute


Robert C. Williams, P.E., DEE

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease

Director, Division of Health Assessment and Consultation Registry (ATSDR)

James G. Zack (representative)

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)

Fluor Corporation

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