munity development and related issues, such as diversity in engineering. They could sponsor workshops in the corporate world, thus providing venues for sharing best practices and discussing issues of engineering and business ethics, and they could host meetings of business executives to discuss the need for more diversity in engineering and engineering leadership. In addition, professional societies should recognize exemplars with prominent conference sessions, awards, and prizes.

The group discussed how CEES could work with other engineering organizations, such as AAES and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, to promote international cooperation on sustainability and social justice, as well as a focus on ethical leadership and organizational ethics that go beyond legal requirements.

NAE and other professional organizations could promote career opportunities provided by Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World. Engineering students, including women and underrepresented minorities, are interested in the kinds of projects undertaken by these organizations, as well as in combining entrepreneurship with social justice and humanitarian goals.

Many in the group argued that professional codes of ethics should be reexamined and modified to encourage sustainability and social justice as professional goals. Codes of ethics might also be improved by explicitly recognizing multiple-value perspectives and expanding the self-policing efforts of engineering professions. Finally, the group noted that ABET could elevate the importance of ethics and sustainability, citing the American Socieety of Civil Engineers “Red Book” as an example. They also argued that more emphasis should be put on reviewing program performance in ethics areas as rigorously as in technical areas and suggested that ABET might revise its general criterion 3f: “Understand professional and ethical issues” to include the phrase “including sustainability and social justice.” Sustainability and social justice could become standard parts of continuing education to raise their visibility in the community of professional engineers.

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