Professional Conduct

What is Professionalism?

What does it mean – this concept of acting like a professional?

In today’s world, being a Biology Professional means that you will likely be evaluating and commenting on the effects of anthropological activities (human society) to the environment (human and non-human systems), whether those activities be positive or negative. In many cases, the issues being addressed can be emotionally charged – e.g. the long term survival of mountain caribou or grizzly bears in the face of forest harvest or resource extraction, or wild fisheries resource conflicts with aquaculture operations, or the use of development to finance compensation and restoration, or … The list is lengthy and the potential conflicts and trade-offs getting longer all the time.

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Interpretive Notes to the College Code of Ethics (Valid for COE up to Feb 2012)

A profession has a unique combination of knowledge and skills, distinctive functions and recognized obligations to the public that outweigh self interest or personal gain. Professionals provide services based on advanced knowledge, skills and judgement, assume responsibility for their professional and personal actions and are held to account by their governing body.

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Principles of Stewardship

Stewardship is an ethic that embodies cooperative planning and management of environmental resources with organizations, communities and others to actively engage in the prevention of loss of habitat and facilitate its recovery in the interest of long-term sustainability. This document provides specific guidance to College of Applied Biology members around upholding the principles of stewardship of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and biological resources.

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