Inter-organisational relationships in construction are vital to the evolution of the industry. The development of sustainable relationships grounded in ethical practice is necessary to ensure continued success. To achieve such sustainable relationships, construction industry stakeholders need to shift from a 'low trust/low ethics' base to a 'high trust/high ethics' base in their business transactions. Ethics should be integrated into every aspect of the construction procurement process as a natural thought process. This research paper focuses on the promotion, management and diffusion of ethical practices in the construction industry. The research findings will foster and promote the sound practice of business ethics, help to initiate new perspectives on the development of ethical practices and improve organisational efficiency through the adoption of ethical practices. Through initial industry-based workshops, this research paper presents a component of a larger research project where the major outcome is the production of an industry wide 'Code of practice' (COP). The COP will be used for the provision of construction services in the whole procurement process.
CIB 2004 International Symposium on Globalisation and Construction: Incorporating CIB W107 (Construction in Developing Countries) and CIB TG23 (Culture in Construction). Meeting the Challenges, Reaping the Benefits: CIB 2004 International Symposium on Globalisation and Construction (Bangkok, Thailand 17-19 November, 2004) p. 941-950