Since 1997 AVIC has applied a compulsory code of professional ethics approved by its member firms: The actions of consultants/engineering firms (hereinafter referred to as the Consultant) in the course of their work have a notable influence on society. It is therefore important that their work be carried out on an ethical basis if trust is to be gained and maintained with and between team members, colleagues, employers, customers and public authorities. They therefore undertake to abide by this code of professional ethics.
The Consultant undertakes to behave in line with the highest standards of integrity in all his/her activities, to which end he/she must:
1.1 - Behave in regard to society in accordance with his/her position.
1.2 - Accept responsibility for his/her actions.
1.3 - Compete for and/or accept only those jobs which he/she is actually qualified to do.
1.4 - Remain open to co-operation with colleagues.
1.5 - Abide by the laws and regulations in force in the country where he/she works.
1.6 - Accept, support and defend the contents of this code of professional ethics.
In his/her dealings with colleagues and customers, the Consultant must:
2.1 - Treat all members of his/her staff equally, protect them against physical and mental harm, furnish them with appropriate working conditions and provide them with opportunities to further their careers.
2.2 - Act in favour of the customer in relevant matters, with absolute independence and with no internal or external influences of any kind that may condition his/her work.
2.3 - Apply such state-of-the-art techniques as may be necessary to ensure fulfilment of the objectives of the customer.
2.4 - Maintain the confidentiality of all information received from and provided to customers.
2.5 - Reach strictly truthful agreements beforehand with customers regarding the terms and conditions, scope, action plan, fees for projects, etc.
2.6 - Accept no commissions or remuneration of any kind other than those agreed with the customer.
2.7 -Respect the principle of fair competition, without seeking to displace any colleague through the use of influence or actions.
In his/her relations with contracting bodies, the Consultant must:
3.1 - Defend and disseminate this code of professional ethics.
3.2 - Refrain from undermining the reputation of colleagues and the profession in general.
3.3 - Offer a corporate image of loyal co-operation and a sense of confidentiality.
3.4 -Inform potential customers of any circumstances that might result in a conflict of interests.
3.5 - Refrain from offering any direct or indirect remuneration in cash or in kind in an attempt to secure a project.
3.6 - Refuse to undertake any work that he/she considers not to be beneficial for his/her customers, or at least to give proven warnings to customers that successful results are unlikely.
In his/her relations with society the Consultant must:
4.1 - Protect the safety and well-being of society by reporting to the customer any potential irregularity in areas that affect the project commissioned, paying particular attention to environmental protection and safety standards at all stages of the project.
4.2 -Report any irregularity observed in the actions of colleagues, using the appropriate channels (associations, institutes, official bodies, etc.).
4.3 - Refrain from working on actions that foster monopolies or agreements for the adoption of commercial policies harmful to the community.
4.4 - Refrain from supporting advertising campaigns containing information that may include falsehoods.