LEGAL, SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABILITY ASPECTS RELATED TO THE PROJECT
The actions that society finds acceptable versus the actions which society do not accept create the ethics by which a member of society must abide. From this definition, ethical action on the part of engineer can be partially simplified, (as it is in most codes of ethics from engineering organizations,) as the simple mandate that an engineer’s greatest responsibility is to the public good. Unfortunately, not all situations are morally well defined and engineers will be called upon by themselves, their company, or society to make profound, or more often, personally conflicting decisions.
Who is responsible for assuring the safe, legal, and ethical use of this project? What are the consequences of dishonesty in system/project use, individual and professional? How does ethical analysis apply to activities that are against the law?