Professional Ethics and Me
Professional Ethics is not new to persons in any affiliated professional association. Each professional association has their own professional ethic statement. Professional ethics, or personal ethics in general have been a big part of my entire life.
As a Professional Forester and a government employee I have had ethical standards and a code of conduct to maintain. As a Compliance and Enforcement Leader for the Forest District I worked in, I had an even higher level of code of conduct expectation to perform to.
As a Rotarian, I believe strongly in the four way test.
“Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? ”
A very long number of years ago, I had a conversation on religion and religious beliefs with a good friend of mine. I made an exasperated statement about how I could never remember the 10 Commandments. His response back to me was, ‘You know, Dorothy, there is only one rule you really need to keep in mind and that is ‘The Golden Rule’. If you follow this rule, you have the 10 Commandments covered.’ I thought back to the first time I heard of ‘The Golden Rule’ – way, way back, possibly before, but definitely in Grade One.
Now as a Real Estate Professional, I accept a personal obligation to the public and to the real estate profession. The Canadian Real Estate Association Code of Ethics embodies these obligations. As such, I am committed to:
· Professional competent service
· Absolute honesty and integrity in business dealings
· Co-operation with and fairness to all
· Personal accountability through compliance with CREA's Standards of Business Practice
To meet these obligations, I pledge to observe the spirit of the Code in all of my activities and conduct my business in accordance with the Standards of Business Practice and the Golden Rule — Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.