A Quantity
Surveyor has a conflict of interest where he is in a position of trust which
requires the exercise of judgment on behalf of a person for whom he is acting
and also has either private or business interests or obligations of a sort that
might interfere with the exercise of his judgment. Where a Quantity Surveyor
identifies the existence of, or the potential for, a conflict of interest he
should, as soon as practicable, inform the person for whom he is acting, in
writing, of the circumstances and unless such person(s) consent(s) or requests
in writing to his continuing to act, he must cease to act in provision of that
service. Where a Quantity Surveyor is offered any form of inducement by a third
party or potential third party he shall immediately inform his client. (SCSI
2017). A quantity surveyor that is pricing a job, when this job goes out to
tender, a contractor may offer a bribe or something of value to secure the job.
This can also work the other way an employee may say they can help a contractor
win work to get something of value in return. This is a conflict of interest
the contractor may not be the best person for the job and may win the contract
because of bad ethical behaviour. The opposite of consequential
ethics is the deontological ethics, which consider that some actions should not
be committed even if they lead to better consequences than other options
(Ahlbom, 2013). If a bribe is taken it will lead to better consequences for the
individual and not the overall project.

Private or personal interests that could lead to
actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest, may include professional
and/or social activities and interest with individuals or groups, in addition
to family and friends. Personal or private interests could also be monetary or
non-monetary. Conflict of interest is not necessarily wrong or unethical;
what’s important is to identify and manage it. As public procurement practitioners,
we have a responsibility to always serve the public interest in the performance
of our duties. It is also our responsibility to identify any actual, potential
or perceived instances of conflict of interest. It is particularly important to
preclude conflict of interest of anyone involved in the evaluation, selection
and contract monitoring processes. So, whenever we find ourselves in a
situation of potential, perceived or actual conflict of interest, we must take
the necessary action to disclose it by formally declaring ourselves
disqualified from participation in a particular procurement process due to
possible bias given our personal and/or financial interest. (Jorge 2017)

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