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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967

Professional Ethics

Code of Ethics

CIWEM members are expected to comply with the following code of ethics.

At a time when many people are worried about doing the right thing to balance the need for a healthy, thriving and content society with those of a flourishing natural environment; and when experts have to demonstrate that they are worthy of public trust, CIWEM has taken this major initiative.

Initially approved by the Council of CIWEM at its meeting on 6th April 2001, with amendments approved by the Trustee Board on the 29th September 2010, the Code of Ethics is an aspirational set of ten principles with which members are expected to comply.

Members of the Institution will be expected to use their influence to the fullest extent and to behave to the best of their ability to maintain a sustainable environment in the following way:

  • Seek to ensure that the uses of natural resources are fair, equitable and sustainable and take account of the needs of a diverse environment.
  • Avoid knowingly or deliberately over-exploiting natural resources.
  • Take all reasonable steps to avoid causing the environment to be damaged or nuisance to be created as a result of the discharge of unacceptable quantities of any substance or energy in any form.
  • Recognise that contributing to the provision of environmental services provides an important contribution to human well being.
  • Seek to ensure that uses of the environment do not cause damage, ensure respect for native wildlife, and deliver enhancement.
  • Embrace the needs of the community.
  • Promote the concept of integration of the management of the wider environment.
  • Use wisdom in serving the community and constantly strive to learn more.
  • Serve as an example to others for responsible environmental behaviour.
  • Never engage in corrupt practice and always maintain a high standard of professional behaviour, which will serve as an example to others.

Professional Conduct

Bye-Law 29 states that each member shall:

(a) order their conduct pursuant to the Code of Ethics and so as to uphold and enhance the dignity, standing and reputation of the Institution and profession; and

(b) exercise their professional skills and judgement to the best of their ability and discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity; and

(c) have due regard to the public interest and protection and enhancement of the environment in the discharge of their duties; and

(d) shall not maliciously or recklessly injure or attempt to injure whether directly or indirectly the professional reputation of another member.

Disciplinary Powers and Procedures

Bye-Law 30 states that:

(a) In the event of a complaint being made that any member has been or is in breach of the foregoing rules of professional conduct the Trustee Board shall delegate the investigation thereof to an Investigating Committee consisting of at least three members of the Trustee Board in accordance with such rules as the Trustee Board shall from time to time prescribe.

PROVIDED THAT no member of the Investigating Committee shall sit on a Professional Conduct Committee or on an Appeal Board in respect of the same case.

(b) If on such investigation as aforesaid it shall be determined by a majority of the Investigating Committee that there is a prima facie case, the Trustee Board shall direct that a hearing of the complaint be held by a Professional Conduct Committee of at least five members of the Trustee Board and at least one suitable person who is not a member of the Institution, in accordance with such rules as the Trustee Board shall from time to time prescribe, and subject as hereinafter provided the Professional Conduct Committee shall if satisfied that the complaint is justified have power to warn, admonish, reprimand, suspend or expel such member from the Institution.

(c) Such member shall have seven clear days' notice in writing of the hearing before such Professional Conduct Committee, may attend the hearing, may make representation thereat in person or through a representative, may call and cross-examine witnesses and, if expelled from the Institution, may within seven days after notice of such expulsion appeal against the penalty, but not against the finding of the Professional Conduct Committee, and such appeal shall be delegated by the Trustee Board to an Appeal Board of at least three members of the Trustee Board and such Board shall have power to annul the expulsion or to annul it subject to the performance of any conditions which the Appeal Board may think fit to impose.

PROVIDED THAT no member of the Trustee Board shall sit on both the Professional Conduct Committee and the Appeal Board in respect of the same case.

(d) Subject as aforesaid a member so expelled shall forfeit all claim to a return of any money paid by him to the Institution and shall cease to be a member thereof.

(e) All findings and decisions of the Investigating Committee, of the Professional Conduct Committee and of the Appeal Board shall be reported to the Trustee Board and duly recorded and the Trustee Board may order that any penalty with such particulars of the misconduct as it shall think desirable shall be published in any Institution publication.


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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967

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