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Single Professional Code in the Construction Industry

Interestingly, there are apparent moves on the part of contractors to promote ethical codes in their own backyard. Considering this innovation, it is being entertained if creating a single professional code under the umbrella of the construction industry is feasible and practical. (Society of Construction Law Hong Kong. Events by Other Organizations. 7th May 2008, [internet]). As a matter of fact, there have been initiatives to the effect of adopting a single ethical code for unorganized groups working within the coverage of construction law. (Franklin, Kim. Ethical gauntlet thrown down in pursuit of construction code. Architects’ Journal. EMAP Architecture. 2004. [internet]).
On the question of feasibility, it is believed that there are no hindrances or hitches in consolidating the various standards of conduct among the different callings or disciplines with the end in view of covering the professional relationships between all concerned parties in construction projects. This will be a matter of crafting the papers which will address all the ethical concerns of persons or entities in the construction industry and which will guide all those involved in every project. However, in the meantime, the consolidated version does not have to encroach on the ethical code of each individual organization. In short, the new code will be something like an amalgamation of the individual codes which will be applicable in the inter-actions and inter-relations of the covenanting parties in construction undertakings.
As to whether the plan for a single ethical code is practical or not, it is opined that it will be so, the reason being that any party who needs clarification or is in doubt may readily refer to only one set of deliberated and agreed standards, that is, the new single code of ethics. Whatever it will be, the more important consideration is that the so-called seven principles of public office may be covered in the new single convention as the main guiding icons for construction professionals, practitioners and other participants, thus: honesty, fairness, integrity, objectivity, reliability, accountability and leadership. (Seven principles of public office. Standards – Related Information. www.parliament.uk. [internet]). Putting all these virtues together in one array of dictums in the building industry for the players to observe, follow and obey under pain of reasonable sanctions will greatly instil good behaviour and wholesome attitude. In the process, performance will be enhanced and the positive results will naturally redound to the benefit of the stakeholders.
Honesty has very significant repercussions in construction projects. One example is in the case of bribery, a form of dishonesty. If a contractor makes illegal special deals with environment regulators, he puts at stake the welfare of the people. This becomes relevantly true today owing to the current global sentiments over climate phenomena. Other classes of dishonesty in the construction industry are fraudulent claims, kickbacks or illegal and immoral commissions, and forgery of pertinent documents, among others.
The exercise of fairness among the players in the construction industry necessarily boosts morale among its key players who will thereby work harder and more effectively. On the other hand, if a contractor, for instance, is biased in favour of a sub-contractor, the

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