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Ethics

Ethics

Senior Research Scientist

Everyday ethics

Ethics is about taking responsibility. At SINTEF, we face ethical challenges every day at work, in our business activities and in our contact with colleagues, clients and business partners. We may be faced with real dilemmas that force us to make difficult decisions.
Our ethical guidelines are there to help us in these situations and to act as our compass. The guidelines are reviewed every year to make sure that they stay up to date with developments in society and with those challenges facing SINTEF today.

By putting ethics even higher on SINTEF's agenda, we are aiming to create a corporate culture in which we can openly discuss our ethical dilemmas. To support this work, we have established a SINTEF Ethics Council and appointed an Ethics Representative. These will help with advice and guidance, and will ensure transparency in our ethical decisions, even if those decisions are the wrong ones.

Ethics at SINTEF are the responsibility of its managers. However, SINTEF needs every single person to take personal responsibility and to deal with everyday decisions in an ethically responsible way.

Charter and Code

SINTEF has committed to the Charter and Code, or "The European Charter for Researchers", which is a strong incentive to create the best possible conditions for scientists and an aid to create an attractive European research environment.

Charter and code

Our ethical principles

SINTEF's ethics are based on the vision of using technology to create a better society, and on these basic values: courage, generosity, honesty and solidarity.

See our ethical priciples

Ethics council

Chair

Hanne Rønneberg

Executive Vice President
Name
Hanne Rønneberg
Title
Executive Vice President
Phone
928 51 585
Department
Staff Building and Infrastructure
Office
Oslo
Company
Stiftelsen SINTEF

 

Vice-chair

Ole Swang

Senior Research Scientist
982 43 934
Name
Ole Swang
Title
Senior Research Scientist
Phone
982 43 934
Department
Materials and Nanotechnology
Office
Oslo
Company
Stiftelsen SINTEF

 

Management representatives

Ingeborg Lund

Vice President, Human Resources
Name
Ingeborg Lund
Title
Vice President, Human Resources
Phone
930 96 788
Department
Group Management
Office
Trondheim
Company
Stiftelsen SINTEF

 

Employee representatives

Tommy Mokkelbost

Senior Research Scientist
Name
Tommy Mokkelbost
Title
Senior Research Scientist
Phone
930 10 412
Department
Sustainable Energy Technology
Office
Trondheim
Company
Stiftelsen SINTEF

Ingrid Selseth

Research Engineer
Name
Ingrid Selseth
Title
Research Engineer
Phone
957 99 941
Department
Infrastructure
Office
Trondheim
Company
Stiftelsen SINTEF

 

Secretary (SINTEFs ethics ombud)

Tove Håpnes

Senior Research Scientist
Name
Tove Håpnes
Title
Senior Research Scientist
Phone
930 32 513
Department
Arbeids- og næringsliv
Office
Trondheim
Company
Stiftelsen SINTEF

Our ethical compass

Our compass helps us when we encounter ethical challenges in our everyday work, in our business, and in our dealings with colleagues, customers and associates.

Our ethical guidelines are reviewed annually to ensure that they are to adapted social development and current issues of SINTEF at all times.

Our ethical compass
Download our ethical compass

Guidelines for whistleblowing at SINTEF

  1. Whistleblowers who wish to remain anonymous will do so.
  2. The person or persons who are the subject of the whistleblowing will be given an opportunity to present their version of the case as soon as possible.
  3. The person or persons who are the subject of the whistleblowing will be able to present their version to the relevant fora in SINTEF.
  4. The whistleblower will be given clear information about what will happen, feedback during the hearing and will be notified of the results of the hearing.
  5. If the hearing requires the whistleblower to come forward, the latter may choose to do so, or to withdraw the disclosure.
  6. If the whistleblowing is in relation to illegal conduct, this is of public concern and the case will necessarily have to be pursued. Anonymity will still be ensured as far as possible.
Information about guidelines for whistleblowing at SINTEF

Research ethics

Research ethics in Norway are regulated by Act no. 56 of 30 June 2006: the Act relating to ethics and integrity in research. The purpose of the Act is to 'ensure that research in the public and private sectors is conducted in accordance with recognised ethical standards'.

Read more about research ethics

Business ethics

In addition to legislation and international conventions, SINTEF bases its business ethics on Transparency International's concepts, and on the principles that form the basis of the UN Global Compact. SINTEF is a member of both these organisations.

Read more about business ethics

Communication on progress (COP) - Annual Report to UN Global Compact

SINTEF became member of UN Global Compact in January 2009.

SINTEF is a private, non-profit research institute, which is organised as a foundation with subsidiaries. Through its first-rate solution-oriented research and knowledge generation, SINTEF creates significant value for its Norwegian and international clients, the public sector and society as a whole.

As SINTEFs direct activities by themselves is performed in accordance with the UN Global Compact principles, this COP will mainly describe the content of our research activities for our clients and how the results from this research may have an impact on the global environment and society in a way that will support the ten principles.

Report Communication on progress (COP)
Read SINTEF's Communication on progress (COP) - Annual report to United Nations Global Compact