A case study of conflicting interests: Flemish engineers involved in environmental impact assessment

Science and Engineering Ethics 2 (1):17-24 (1996)
This article reports of the activities of the working group, Ethics & Engineers, of the Royal Flemish Society of Engineers. More particularly, the ethical problems that engineers face in the preparation of an environmental report are illuminated. Irrespective to which party the engineer belongs, he or she is confronted with the difficult weighting of his or her personal interest, the interests of private companies and last but not least the common good. It is argued that the implementation of a code of ethics and the introduction of courses on engineering ethics into the education of engineers would strengthen the engineer in the fulfilment of his vocation.
Keywords engineering ethics  environmental impact assessment  engineering code of ethics  conflict interests
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