The Ethics of Contributions

by Carol C. Martsolf, Engr.; Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 1, Pg. 64-65

Document Type: Feature article


Whether or not it is ethical for a consulting firm to contribute money to a political campaign or cause depends on the motive. If the purpose is to curry favor with a candidate and gain personal or commercial benefits, such contributions are unethical. If a candidate takes a stand on a particular issue relevant to the firm's business, such as bidding restrictions or safety requirements, then it may be ethical to contribute money.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Consulting services | Political factors | Bids | Safety

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