Ethics in Construction Industry

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Acknowledgement 2

Introduction 3

Professional Ethics and Construction 5

Professional Ethics 5

The case in Ethiopia 13

Ethical Issues 15

Construction Business and Ethics 22

References 25


The group would like to take this opportunity to thank our Ethics and Legal Environment Instructor, Dr. Tilahun Goshu, who gave us the chance to explore the ethical issues in the construction industry at present time.


Construction is the largest industry in the world, benefiting all stakeholders. Improved productivity thought virtuous collaborating will help in bringing to the owner a quality facility, in a shorter time, at lower cost. When we look to ethics in the area of construction quality, time
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In a recent public opinion survey conducted in Australia, for example, architects were rated superior in ethical behavior to lawyers, some doctors and almost all businessman and businesswoman; with the clergy being ranked the highest. Lawyers, it seems, are expected to prioritize their obligations to the client over their obligations to the public even if their client is guilty of committing a crime, regardless of how heinous the crime

Today, building professionals gain integrity and respectability to some extent through professional bodies. These are embodied in codes of practice, which define the roles and responsibilities of professionals and are the cornerstone of ethics program. Of course, codes alone are insufficient to ensure ethical conduct and they need to be complemented with the assignment of functional responsibility (e.g. ethics officer) and employer training.

If we say this much about professional ethics, we now turn to the construction industry and the professional ethics. Some unethical issues are cited below. These examples show how professionals in the construction industry manipulate their knowledge and skill to hurt the public

➢ Concealing of construction errors and stealing someone else’s drawing, ➢ Exaggerating experience and academic achievements in resumes and applications for commissions, ➢ Charging clients for work not done, costs not incurred or overstated, ➢ False promises of advancement as practiced by


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