Code of Ethics

Introduction

The members of the highway industry recognize that their work has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. As a result, the service provided by the various professionals, industries and businesses requires honesty, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of public health, safety and welfare. ASHE members should be aware of the ASHE Mission Statement, which follows, and understand its impact to their profession and use it in their daily conduct of work.

Mission Statement

ASHE provides a forum for members and partners of the transportation industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system through education, innovation, and fellowship.

I. Society Member Objectives

A.   The safety, health and welfare of the public shall be held prominent in their conduct of work.

B.   Members shall provide or perform services only in areas of their expertise or competence.

C.   Members shall act in a professional, ethical, and moral manner when conducting business

and other matters related to the highway industry and their profession.

D.   Members shall avoid improper acts in the solicitation of their services.

Each of these objectives is defined in further detail below.

II. Code of Conduct

A.   The safety, health and welfare of the public will be held prominent in the conduct of work by

ASHE members.

1.   ASHE members shall perform their work recognizing the importance of protecting the

safety, health, property and welfare of the public.

2.   If, during the conduct of work, a member’s judgement is compromised or

overruled in such a way that endangers the safety, health, property, or welfare of the public, the member shall notify the appropriate authority.

3.   Members shall refrain from association with any person or business venture, which

they suspect to be engaged in fraudulent or dishonest business practices.

B.   Members should provide or perform services solely in areas of their expertise or competence.

1.   ASHE members shall perform work assignments only when qualified by training,

education, or experience in the specified field or service involved.

2.   ASHE members shall recommend, approve or promote only those products or

services in which they have complete competence and knowledge.

C.   Members shall act in a professional, ethical, and moral manner when conducting business

and other matters related to the highway industry and their profession.

1.   ASHE members shall identify all known and potential conflicts of interest of their

employers or clients informing them of any business association, which could influence or appear to influence their judgement or quality of service.

2.   ASHE members can accept compensation from more than one party for performing

the same services providing that the circumstances are fully disclosed and agreed to by all interested parties.

D.   Members should maintain the utmost integrity in the solicitation of their products and

services.

1.   ASHE members shall be entirely truthful when representing their business

experience, professional qualifications or product performance.

2.   ASHE members shall not offer, give, solicit or receive any gift, political contribution or

other valuable consideration with the intent of receiving favorable consideration of a contract award, materials purchase or other work.

III. Member Obligations

A.   Members of ASHE shall be guided in their provision of service by the highest standards of

integrity.

B.   Members of ASHE shall at times strive to serve the public interest.

C.   Members of ASHE shall refrain from all conduct or practice, which may discredit the highway

industry or deceive the public.

D.   Members of ASHE shall not disclose confidential information concerning the business affairs

or technical processes of any present or former client or employer without his consent.

E.   Conflicting interests shall not influence members of ASHE.

F.   Members of ASHE shall uphold the principle that adequate compensation be received for

services provided to the highway industry.

G.   Members of ASHE shall be totally truthful in their efforts to gain employment or advancement

and shall not criticize other members of the highway industry.

H.   Members of ASHE shall not attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely, directly or indirectly, the

reputation, prospects, practice or employment of other members of the highway industry.

I.    Members of ASHE shall cooperate with one another in extending the effectiveness of the

highway industry by the exchange of information and experience with other members of ASHE and will provide opportunity for the advancement and development of other members of the highway industry.

J.    It is the responsibility of all members to disclose the loss of their professional license or

certification to the appropriate Section, Region and National Board when such loss of license/certification is due to unethical, willful negligent or criminal activities.

K.    It is the responsibility of all members to report unethical, willful negligent or criminal activities

by another member to the appropriate Section, Region and National Board. The report should be made immediately upon having knowledge of same activities.

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