Code of conduct

The principal aim of the Royal Economic Society is to promote the study of economic science, which it strives to achieve by supporting its members and others involved in the economics discipline. Promoting the study and development of economics requires a culture in which all professional activities, including research, education, advice and communication more generally, are undertaken collegially, ethically and with integrity. The Society expects its members to adhere to the high professional standards that this requires and to encourage others associated with the discipline to do so. The Society also sets these standards for itself, and hence the code of conduct applies to all involved as members or are associated with the Society through events or other activities.

Research should be conducted and presented with honesty, care, transparency, in compliance with legal requirements, acknowledging limits of expertise and giving due credit to the contributions of others. The provision of advice and other communications in economics should also adhere to these standards. Students at all levels should be treated fairly and with respect. Any real or perceived conflicts of interest should be disclosed in all activities.

The Royal Economic Society seeks a professional environment in economics where all are able to participate freely, so that equal opportunity and fair treatment apply regardless of characteristics (such as gender, ethnicity, age, disability, political or religious views, status, affiliations or relationships).

Discourse in all forums should be conducted with civility and respect, with each idea or contribution considered on its merits. Under no circumstances will bullying or harassment of any kind be tolerated.

Economists have both an individual responsibility for their own conduct and a collective responsibility to promote high standards of conduct across the profession. The Royal Economic Society will strive to promote and support this professional culture through its actions and activities.

Any breach of the code can be reported to one of the Society’s Executive Officers (President, President-Elect, immediate Past President, Secretary-General or Treasurer) or Chief Executive. A breach at an RES event can also be reported to the main organiser, whose contact details will be included in the event programme. The Society will carefully consider each reported breach and take appropriate action, liaising with other organisations (such as employer or event venue) where relevant.


November 2020