To accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment.
To avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible and to disclose them to the affected parties when they do exist.
To be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data.
To reject bribery in all its forms.
To improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate application, and potential consequences.
To seek, accept and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others.
To treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors such as religion, gender, disability, age, or national origin.
To avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action.
To assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.
Loyalty, integrity, uprightness, a complete refusal to use any underhanded method to help win business or gain any kind of advantage. Neither growth nor profit nor independence have any real worth unless they are won through complete honesty and probity. And everyone in the Group knows that any lack of openness and integrity in our business dealings will be penalized at once.
Which implies a flair for entrepreneurship and a desire to take considered risks and show commitment (naturally linked to a firm determination to uphold one’s commitments). This is the very soul of competitiveness: firmness in making decisions or in forcing their implementation, an acceptance periodically to challenge one’s orientations and the status quo. Boldness also needs to be combined with a certain level of prudence and a particular clear sightedness, without which a bold manager is, in reality, merely dangerously reckless.
Meaning the willingness to empower both individuals and teams; to have decisions made as close as possible to the point where they will be put into practice. Trust also means giving priority, within the company, to real openness toward other people and the widest possible sharing of ideas and information.
Which means independence in thought, judgment and deeds, and entrepreneurial spirit, creativity. It also means tolerance, respect for others, for different cultures and customs.
Means feeling good about being part of the company or one’s team, feeling proud of what one does, feeling a sense of accomplishment in the search for better quality and greater efficiency, feeling part of a challenging projects.
That is simplicity, the very opposite of affectation, pretension, pomposity, arrogance and boastfulness. Simplicity does not imply naivety (simple does not mean simpleton!); it is more about being discreet, showing natural modesty, common sense, being attentive to others and taking the trouble to be understood by them. It is about being frank in work relationships, loosening up, having a sense of humor.
Meaning team spirit, friendship, fidelity, generosity, fairness in sharing the benefits of collective work; accepting responsibilities and an instinctive willingness to support common efforts when the storm is raging.