Professional Societies Mission Statements and Codes of Ethics
Role of Professional Societies
Professional societies in the Geoscience/Earth Science/Environmental Science disciplines have assumed leadership in establishing ethical standards of conduct for their members. This has become particularly important related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Significant resources that are now available through numerous professional societies include:
- GSA Statement on Diversity and a Challenge to the Society, Geoscience Departments, and the Geoscience Community at Large; Cramer, B.D., Peate, D. W., and Saltzman, M.R., GSA Today, v. 31, issue 1 (January 2021) pp.34-36. https://doi.org/10.1130/GSATG472GW.1
Professional Society Codes of Conduct/Ethics
Codes of ethics of professional societies serve many functions: they may be aspirational, educational, or regulatory (with prescribed consequences). Take a look through this list of Code of Ethics of many geoscience professional societies to see the breadth of topics covered by these documents.
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Code of Ethics
American Geophysical Union
Mission and Core Principles | Report of the Task Force on Scientific Ethics : Review and Update of AGU Policies on Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics (Draft; 2012); see also their webpage on Ethics
American Geosciences Institute
Code of Ethics
American Library Association (ALA) and Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) The Code of Ethics in the Field of Library and Information Science
American Meteorological Society
Constitution and Bylaws (see Article XII)
American Water Resources Association
Mission and Objectives
Council for Undergraduate Research
Code of Ethics --adopted July 2017; emphasis on responsibilities of students and mentors in research programs.
Objectives | Alberta Code of Ethics | British Columbia Code of Ethics | Manitoba Code of Ethics for Professional Engineering and Professional Geoscience | New Brunswick Code of Ethics (see document p 24/p 26 of PDF) | New Foundland and Labrador | Nova Scotia Code of Ethics
Mineralogical Society of America
Journal's Mission | Ethics follow http://www.geosociety.org/pubs/ethics.htm 'GSA's Ethical Guidelines for Publication'
American Sociological Association
Engineering Codes of Ethics
ABET Rules of Procudure (2015)--"ABET requires that each volunteer and staff member engaged in fulfilling the mission of ABET exhibit the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and integrity. The services provided by ABET require impartiality, fairness, and equity. All persons involved with ABET activities must perform their duties under the highest standards of ethical behavior. It is the purpose of this code to detail the ethical standards under which we agree to operate."
Compilation of Codes of Ethics from Across the STEM Disciplines
Statement on Professional Ethics--American Association of University Professors
See a comprehensive list from The Center for Study of Ethics in the Professions Illinois Institute of Technology.