Diversity Award Candidacies: Deadline June 27th 2014

Call for entries opens for the second global award for diversity champion

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), have launched the call for nominations for the second “Diversity Award”. Its objective is to recognise individuals who have been proactive in bringing more diversity* into engineering schools and universities. The Award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for engineering education

You can visit www.diversityinengineering.com to find out more about the award and last year’s finalists. I have also attached a flyer, some guidelines for nominees, and the submission form to this email. I encourage you to share any of these documents and/or this email about the award.

The deadline to submit a nominee for this year’s award is 27 June 2014, and each nomination should be supported by a Dean of engineering.

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President Colon talks Mexican professionals in the eye on corruption

The World Council of Civil Engineers Past President Emilio Colón, declared that the construction sector has been identified as responsible for large economic losses in Mexico by corruption during his keynote speech lecture "Corruption and its impact on engineering: a way to fight corruption " made on the last day of the Sixth National Mexican Congress on Infraestructure Management professionals organized by the Mexican Association for Building Project Management.

In this context, he explained that corruption in construction is not specific to engineers, but also expands to architects, and financers, contractors, subcontractors, the three levels of government, banks, land developers, NGOs, academia and the media.

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Corruption prevention: A must - Column by WCCE President Emilio Colon

The Construction Sector has been identified by international lending institutions and certain Non Governmental Institutions as responsible for significant economic losses from corrupt activities related to construction projects. Because to a large extent, this represents a significant amount related to public construction and large infrastructure works, the sector needs to focus on the causes of this corruption and how to prevent it.


This efforts needs to involve all parties involved in the Construction Sector, from Contractors, Sub Contractors, Suppliers, Professionals, including engineers, architects and attorneys, Government at all levels, Financing and funding institutions, insurance companies, project owners, NGO’s, Academia and the media.

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GIACC co-ordinates four pilot studies to identify whether BS 10500 works in practice

The UK's recent passage into statute of its Anti-Bribery Act 2011 will challenge most organisations to put in place what might be considered appropriate mechanisms to guard against the risk of a member of staff bribing a third party. This new law is designed to do much more than deal with large scale, multi-million dollar bribes - it is also designed to eliminate much lower level bribery and it affects corporate hospitality, gift-giving and 'facilitation payments.' While large enterprises may be able to afford extensive legal advice to put appropriate safeguards in place, this cost is likely to be beyond the reach of many smaller organisations, in the public, private and third sectors.

For these organisations, the guidance provided by a documented British Standard, and the opportunity to put in place a Anti-Bribery Management System that follows the established principles and structure of ISO9001 and many other related management systems, will significantly simplify the process of compliance.

This page will carry information about the development of relevant documentation toolkits, employee training and awareness and other products which will help organisations meet their compliance obligations.


Working with BSI British Standards, GIACC has co-ordinated four pilot studies to identify whether BS 10500 works in practice.  The pilot studies were undertaken on a sample of different size companies from different sectors to ensure that BS 10500 was suitable and adaptable.


The pilots were undertaken on:

  • Balfour Beatty – Construction and engineering – 55,000 employees in 100 countries
  • Mabey Bridge – Steel bridge manufacturer – 550 employees – exporting to over 60 countries
  • Collinson Hall – property sales and management agent – 25 employees – UK only
  • Myers la Roche – optical consultant – 15 employees – 7 countries.