Every organization has a vision of what it desires for the future. Value statements help the organization get there by guiding the decision-making, actions and priorities of its stakeholders.
Likewise, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) has its own set of values that guide OSPE culture, unite our staff and define our brand:
1. We believe that engineers have an obligation of leadership
a. Engineers are trained to think differently and have an obligation to use this profound knowledge
b. Engineers need to be bold, courageous and take initiative to start important conversations on the tough issues
2. We solve problems through collaboration and are focused on producing positive solutions
a. We have a positive mindset – we are here to make a difference
b. We embrace curiosity and different perspectives on the tough issues
c. We ask the right questions
3. We fully embrace equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We believe that we can have a larger impact by embracing all aspects of diversity, including gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and engineering background. We believe that our organization can accelerate the emergence of a more diverse engineering workforce by embodying and exemplifying diversity in all that we do.
a. Gender parity – while we realize that the 30 by 30 goal is a stepping stone, we support and embrace gender parity in all materials, communications, awards and activities
b. Inclusion – we seek to build a fully inclusive and equitable engineering community
c. Board composition – we embrace all elements of diversity, including factors like geographic location, ethnicity, specialty and age
d. We recognize that diversity of technical ability and area of specialty or discipline, is important for developing sound policy solutions. We avoid a focus on one area of engineering (i.e. civil)
e. Diversity will result in a better engineering profession
4. We are guided by factual evidence
a. Nonpartisan – we let the facts speak for themselves
b. We respect the views of others – the basis of any agreement/disagreement is grounded in fact
Why are value statements important?
By subscribing to a common set of values, OSPE can count on an ethical foundation and united approach to any challenges and opportunities that come our way. Clearly defined values statements help ensure that everyone understands and can contribute to achieving OSPE’s overall mission and goals.
Our OSPE values serve as a reference point for community members and partners outside of the organization, providing a better understanding of the Society’s operations and perspectives on important ethical matters. The OSPE values also serve as an internal compass to ensure that the organization remains “on course” as board member members and influencers change over time, bringing with them creative new plans and tactics to support the overarching strategy.
Sharing organizational values that make us feel proud and excited about the shape and direction of OSPE’s future enables us to work together to innovate and inspire others to share in our mutual commitment and drive to constantly improve.
Values are visible through the actions we take, so we look forward to continuing to demonstrate our sustained growth as an inclusive community rooted in creativity, integrity and diversity.