RIBA helps found International Ethics Standards coalition

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a founding member of a new international coalition that will develop the first set of globally-recognised ethics standards for real-estate and related professional organisations.

The International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition currently comprises 48 member organisations with professionals working in a diverse range of countries including China, Brazil, Dubai, Russia and India.

Coalition partners, many of which already have their own codes of conduct focusing on qualities like trustworthiness, integrity and respect, will work together to align ethics principles through a new international standard.

Speaking today, RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:
“The RIBA has its own robust standards and codes and is committed to working with our fellow global professionals to develop a common ethics standard. I strongly believe establishing this important standard across the entire supply chain will enhance transparency, consistency and trust in the services being offered by professionals in the global and interconnected marketplace.”

The IES Coalition was first proposed during a meeting of a number of the founding organisations at the United Nations (New York) in October 2014.

It is hoped that the new International Ethics Standard will be ready in early 2016.

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Notes to editors

1. For more information contact: RIBA Press Office 020 7580 5533

2. RIBA’s International Task Group, led by RIBA Vice President International Peter Oborn set out a detailed plan for RIBA’s role in engaging with international communities, including signing up to the Coalition, in December 2014. The full report:

3. RIBA is hosting Designing City Resilience 2015, a two-day international summit on disaster prevention and resilience in June 2015. The summit is supported by the Commonwealth Secretary General, the Government Office for Science and the Rockefeller Foundation.

4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates

Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015

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