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Our ethical principles

Published June 1, 2011

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.

Our sense of ethics is also based on the following moral principles:

SINTEF’s employees are expected to act in accordance with these principles.
Ethics at SINTEF generally fall into three categories: Research ethics, business ethics and ethics in interpersonal relationships.
The most important points have been set out in our ethical guidelines (the ‘Compass')

  • The fundamental questions we must ask ourselves are:
  • Will this endanger someone’s life, health or safety?
  • Could this harm the environment?
  • Is this legal?
  • Does this feel honest and right?
  • Is this at the expense of trust and integrity?
  • Can I defend this in public?
  • Is this consistent with our vision, basic values and moral principles?

SINTEF is a member of the UN Global Compact and Transparency International. Our business ethics are guided by the principles highlighted by these organisations.
SINTEF’s business ethics are based on the regulations of the national ethics committees, the principles promoted by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) and on international conventions such as the Vancouver Convention.
SINTEF’s ethics regarding interpersonal relationships are based on the above principles and values, and on the open corporate culture concept promoted by organisations such as the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

If you feel that the decision you are facing has created any conflict between the basic values and/or principles, then you – and any other parties involved – must work out which of these basic values and principles is the most important.

"Moral dreier seg ikke om menneskelige formål og interesser, men om de hensyn vi tar til andre mennesker, når vi forfølger våre egne formål og interesser"

Alastair Hannay