Code of Science and Engineering Ethics
Our values reflect our highest priorities and deepest held beliefs. Our code of conduct supports these values, complements profession-specific codes, and helps guide the decisions we make.
Pursue the Truth
Each of us entered our professions and joined Exponent to pursue the truth. In that pursuit, we always endeavor to:
Act with rigor, skill, and care in all engineering and scientific work
Base findings on data, evidence, and observations, not preconceived notions,, expectations, or biases
Follow the research, the evidence, and the data where it leads
Actively challenge untruths and value negative results ethically
Help create a research environment that values and prioritizes facts, accuracy, honesty, respect, and transparency
Maximize Individual and Public Good
In our efforts to maximize individual and public good, we can never lose sight of our responsibility to outcomes that maximize benefits and minimize collateral effects.
Prioritize respect for life, laws, and public welfare
Minimize harm to people, animals, society, and the environment
Incorporate ethical design and sustainable development practices in our processes, systems, and services
Avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest, and disclose conflicts to affected parties when they do exist
Mentor, Learn, Contribute
Knowledge and the principles of science are conveyed to new generations through example, discussion, and both formal and informal education. We take this responsibility seriously, and endeavor to:
Foster an environment of trust and respect for every partner in the research process, irrespective of role or experience
Encourage, accept, and offer honest criticism of scientific and technical work
Improve general understanding of the capabilities and societal implications of emerging science and technology
Participate in the growth of societies that support our engineering and scientific disciplines.
Continue to develop and maintain up-to-date skills and promote and support the development in others.
Seek opportunities to share experience and knowledge through publication, teaching, speaking, and volunteering.
Guidelines or codes of conduct can only supplement the individual analysis, interpretation, judgement, and care we each bring to our work. Recognizing our own individual responsibilities, we always strive to:
Uphold the highest standards of integrity, responsible behavior, and ethical conduct in professional activities
Never knowingly mislead, or allow others to be misled, about scientific matters
Raise concerns when safety, quality, or integrity are in question