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Digging deeper: ethics in construction

Overview

It is estimated that 7% of the global workforce works in the construction industry. According to the International Labour Organization, around US$150 billion profit is generated annually by forced labour across the world. Of that, 23% (US$34 billion) is generated in construction, manufacturing, mining and utilities.[1] Complex supply chains, the scale of infrastructure projects and competitive procurement procedures are just some of the reasons why corruption and ethical challenges have become a significant feature in the construction industry.

In an effort to combat these issues, various legislative measures have been passed and groups and coalitions set up. Here we consider a few of the main tools to tackle the ethical issues in construction.

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