Unformatted text preview: III.G. “Conflicts of Interest” III.G. “Conflicts of Interest” Conflicts of interest are not merely conflicting interests Example: a person who wants to spend a lot of time with his/her family and retire at age 50
• Can’t (generally) do both • These are conflicting interests Not an ethical problem A motivation that tends to interfere with a Conflict of Interest: Conflict of Interest: professional’s judgment in fulfilling his duties toward a client or employer The components of the conflict are permissible in themselves It is the confluence of those elements that create an ethical problem
• E.g., bribes do not create a conflict of interest since they are ethically impermissible in themselves What so bad about it? What so bad about it? Erodes trust Even if you are doing your duties to the best of your ability and your judgment is not in any way impaired, it will still raise doubts in others Distinctions Distinctions Potential conflicts Actual conflicts Seeing that, down the road, an actual conflict of interest might arise given the present circumstances NSPE NSPE II.4.a. “Engineers shall disclose all known or potential conflicts of interest which could influence or appear to influence their judgment or the quality of their services.” So the NSPE is very strict So the NSPE is very strict Must disclose the very appearance of potential conflicts However, if the professional discloses the conflict and the client still retains him, the professional need not refuse to take the job ...
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This note was uploaded on 07/06/2010 for the course PHIL 210B taught by Professor Koperski during the Winter '09 term at Saginaw Valley.
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