Letter from a Professional Part 2: What are professional ethics?

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This is the second post in which a friend of mine who is an accountant talks about what a profession is. I will respond to the points raised and their relevance to teaching in a subsequent post.


The ICAEW defines integrity as “to be straightforward and honest in all professional and business relationships”; i.e. don’t lie. This relates to the public interest aspect of professions.  If the members of a professional body cannot be trusted to deal honestly in their business relationships then any work they produce cannot be relied upon by the public,



The ICAEW defines objectivity as “to not allow bias, conflict of interest or undue influence  of others to override professional or business judgements.” One of the key concepts associated with objectivity is independence.  It is not enough to be independent, a professional must not do anything which can construed as compromising their independence.  The test…

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