Environmental Geology & Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
PROFESSIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT
This statement reflects our fundamental commitment to conducting both science and business to a high standard of personal and professional integrity.
EGG Consultants Ltd will not:
- Specify any works or investigation that they do not consider strictly necessary.
- Inflate fees beyond what is required to complete a piece of work.
- Charge commission on, over or above fees for sub-contractors, e.g. for drilling or laboratory costs. In other words, what the sub-contractor charges is what the client pays. EGG Consultants Ltd will charge fees for the time spent arranging/managing sub-contractor services where they are necessary.
- Tamper with, alter, hide or ignore any relevant data or information where it is known about and relevant to the outcome of an investigation.
- Attempt to support or reach pre-established conclusions.
EGG Consultants Ltd will:
- Maintain an attitude of scientific rigour and impartiality.
- Acknowledge any conflicts of interest.
- Provide high quality technical advice.
- Acknowledge where it is not possible to provide such advice.
- Seek to identify and scrutinise all possible sources of bias, whether conscious or unconscious, in the delivery of their scientific and technical work.
- Seek to minimise site investigation and sampling costs through negotiation with the regulatory authorities (usually the local planning authority and the Environment Agency).
- Acknowledge the ‘moral hazard’ inherent to much consultancy work. (This is discussed further below.)
- Make every effort to ensure that projects are delivered on time, within budget, and within scope.
- Make every effort to ensure that clients are well-informed throughout the entire project lifespan.
- Always act in the best interest of the client where this does not contravene other ethical principles as stated above.
It is pointless to conduct science with the aim of supporting a pre-established position. This is non-scientific practice. It is recognised that the conduct of such (non-scientific) practice may be motivated by other considerations, for example, by a client’s ‘requirement’ for a particular answer. Another form of moral hazard is to overstate how serious or uncertain a case may be, with a view to acquiring further work.