The following was approved by the IEEE Board of Directors in November 2004. It is intended to encourage IEEE members, volunteers, and those in positions of authority in higher education and industry to act ethically.
All IEEE members are required to uphold the IEEE Code of Ethics as a condition of renewing their membership each year. One of the most important principles enshrined in the Code concerns the conduct of members in carrying out their professional duties. The Code states that IEEE members should maintain the highest possible standards of conduct in dealing with colleagues and subordinates, specifically:
Article 8: to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, age or national origin.
Article 9: to avoid injury to others, their property, reputation, or employment, by false or malicious actions.
The Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC) believes that there is a special responsibility placed on IEEE members in leadership roles in their profession. Supervisors, teachers, professors, or those elected as officers in IEEE have an even higher duty to uphold the IEEE Code of Ethics because of the influence they have on students and younger members. This responsibility also extends to:
(1) bringing cases of misconduct by others to the attention of the appropriate authorities, and
(2) ensuring that correct procedures, as defined in IEEE Bylaws and Policies for example, are always followed.
The EMCC emphasizes that IEEE is committed to being supportive of any member who acts to uphold the IEEE Code of Ethics. It recognizes that voicing concern about ethical violations could jeopardize a member’s career opportunities. Nevertheless, the EMCC believes that by raising awareness of IEEE’s strong stance on ethical conduct through this Position Paper, its members in industry, academia and elsewhere will be helped to carry out their professional responsibilities in a manner consistent with the highest traditions of IEEE.
For further information on the use and implementation of the IEEE Code of Ethics contact IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.