Construction professionals play an important role in designing and building the key infrastructure of the society. They exercise special expertise, professional judgement, and supervisory responsibility over the technical and administrative work of others. Poor works quality may endanger human life. Therefore, construction professionals must uphold a high level of integrity and professionalism, and must stay vigilant to ethical risks and challenges.
The Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre (HKBEDC) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has developed this series of feature articles in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS). Apart from explaining the legal controls over corruption, these articles feature common ethical risks faced by construction professionals at work, concerning conflict of interest, managing staff integrity and handling ethical dilemmas.
Established under the auspices of the Community Relations Department of the ICAC, Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre (HKBEDC) aims to promote business and professional ethics on a long-term basis to sustain a level-playing field in Hong Kong. We offer free ethics training and consultancy services for business organisations and professional bodies.
The feature articles provide general guidance for educational purpose only and do not purport to deal with all possible issues that may arise in any given situation. Descriptions and explanations of the legal requirements under the relevant ordinances and the recommended practices are necessarily general and abbreviated from the layman's angle. Readers of these articles should refer to the original legislation, professional standards or seek legal advice as and when necessary. The ICAC does not accept any liability, legal or otherwise, for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any content in these articles. Names of all characters, organisations, locations and incidents portrayed in the articles are entirely fictitious. No relation to real persons or entities is intended or should be inferred. The ICAC owns the copyright of these articles. For enquiries, please contact HKBEDC.