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Public obligations

While much of the focus of the professions relates to dealing with clients, it is the professional’s obligation to act in the public interest.

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Author(s): John Chellew

This title investigates one specific aspect of professional obligation – the professional’s obligation to the public interest. Professional public interest obligations are often contrasted with the ethos of business, which is focused primarily on profit. The public interest obligation is considered an essential part of the concept of profession. It is a reason for the greater status given to professions than that of business or of mere technical service. This paper has the following parts:

  • The Professional’s Obligation to the Public Interest; and
  • Mechanisms for Compliance.