THERE ARE AN INCREASING NUMBER OF ENGINEERS WHO RECOGNISE THAT THE ENGINEERING PROFESSION SHOULD TAKE A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN RESPONDING TO THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES NOW FACING US.
Engineers Without Borders UK are working with engineering ethics academics from the University of Leeds Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics Centre to investigate the implementation of a Declaration of Global Responsibility for Engineers as a means by which this issue could be addressed.
This initiative has recently begun with an initial project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project launched with initial discussion workshops held on 26 February 2016 and a follow up on 6 May with stakeholders from the engineering community and beyond to identify key themes, challenges and opportunities to consider in researching the feasibility of a Declaration of Global Responsibility for Engineers, based on the Declaration of Helsinki, a declaration written by the World Medical Association in 1964 to outline the ethical responsibilities of medical research.
The report collating the findings is now underway and we look forward to sharing the results with you soon.