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Avoiding and Eliminating Potential Conflicts of Interest is a Fundamental Duty of Public Officials

Maintaining the public’s trust in their government depends on how public officials behave – If they use their office to benefit themselves, their families, their friends, personal affiliates or associates or their business partners, they are showing complete disdain for the public. Public officials should make decisions and provide advice on the basis of disinterestedness, impartiality and integrity. Recent scandals have drawn attention to the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest as these can weaken trust in government. Read our latest best practice principles for managing conflicts of interest here.

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