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ASCE Efforts to Combat Corruption

ASCE is taking steps to elevate standards to curb corrupt practices around the world. Corruption in the global construction industry is a huge economic burden estimated to approach $500 billion dollars annually. It occurs in every country regardless of the form of government, the level of development, or geographic location. ASCE is raising awareness of the real costs of corruption by being a catalyst for cooperation and action by engineers worldwide.

Collaboration with WFEO

ASCE members are actively involved in a number of the committees of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), including the WFEO Committee on Anti Corruption (CAC). The CAC is a standing committee of WFEO with the purpose of engaging the worldwide engineering commnity in the global efforts to fight corruption.  

 Alliance with GIACC

ASCE formed an anti-corruption alliance with the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) in 2012. GIACC is an independent, not-for-profit organization which provides resources to assist in the understanding, identification and prevention of corruption in the infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors.

The Engineer's Charter

ASCE is asking individual engineers around the world to sign An Engineer's Charter: Combating Corruption in Engineering and Construction, and has promoted the charter in various locations including Cairo, Warsaw, Rome, Latin America, Asia and Puerto Rico. This effort to tackle corruption is an important way for the world's engineering community to encourage sustainable development and help improve the welfare and quality of life for populations around the globe.

Add your signature to the Charter.

Signing the Engineer's Charter shows your commitment to developing actions that will lead to zero tolerance for bribery, fraud, and corruption in engineering and construction. To add your name to the list of signatories

  1. First, read the Charter in any of these languages:  English        Spanish        Chinese        Arabic
  2. Fill in all information fields below and click "Submit."
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Alternatively, a paper copy of the Charter may be printed, signed, and returned to ASCE by email to or by fax to 703-295-6132.

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