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Business ethics

Developing ethical awareness and establishing an ethical culture are essential skills for business leaders. Use our selection of books, articles and links to find more information on business ethics.

The ICAEW ethics pages provide quick access to the ICAEW Code of Ethics, information on the APB's Ethical Standards on auditor independence and the most recent developments in ethics for the accountancy profession.

Contact the Technical helpline for advice on ethical dilemmas in both business and practice sectors, including guidance on interpretation and compliance with ICAEW regulations and the Code of Ethics. In addition to advice provided through the helpline, common topics are addressed in a series of ethics helpsheets and FAQs.

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Featured eBook

Creating and implementing an ethics policy
(ICSA, 2014)
This eBook guides readers through the process of formulating, writing and implementing the optimal ethics policy for their organisation. It provides a framework for understanding business ethics and the attendant issues.

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Featured article

Executive action
CEOs are now taking public stands on ethical issues that have nothing to do with their firms’ bottom lines. But does CEO activism actually change public opinion and policies? And what are its risks and rewards?

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Creating and implementing an ethics policy

Mark Wearden ICSA Publishing 2014

When creating and implementing an ethics policy, it is important to spend quality time thinking about ethics and considering the issues from a number of different perspectives. This eBook provides a framework and guides readers through the process of formulating, writing and implementing the optimal ethics policy for their organisation.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Executive action

CEOs are now taking public stands on ethical issues that have nothing to do with their firms’ bottom lines. But does CEO activism actually change public opinion and policies? And what are its risks and rewards?

Revenue recognition: It's here. Now what?

While the idea of a principles-based approach to US standard setting is not new, ASC Topic 606 may be the most striking and significant example to date. This article considers the impact of the US FASB and IASB's converged revenue recognition standard, transition methods and what it will mean for certain industries.

Ethics attitudes differ among generations

The article discusses the importance of understanding the differences in the ethical attitudes of various generations to effectively develop ethical standards and cultures within an organisation. Also cited are the analysis of differences in attitudes among four generational groups published by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), as well as the four groups, namely, the boomers, gen Xers, traditionalist and millennials..

Modeling accountant whistleblowing intentions: Applying the theory of planned behavior and the fraud triangle

Based on responses from 284 accountants, the authors model the likelihood that professional accountants will whistleblow on a material accounting fraud.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Boardroom and shareholder disputes


Boardroom and shareholder disputes can arise for many reasons. When they do it is important to understand the legal rights of all parties and the options available as well as the consequences of allowing things to get worse. However, there are some options which help to ease the pain.

Avoid shareholder & boardroom disputes


Disputes between shareholders, directors and business partners can arise for all sorts of reasons, from disagreements over the direction and development of a company to poor personal relationships. Conflicts of interest where individuals have interests in another business can also cause problems.

Create a workplace code of conduct


A code of conduct can give your employees clear guidelines on what you expect of them, and help to maintain productivity, avoid grievances and give a good impression to customers and suppliers. Follow our steps to create and implement a workplace code of conduct.

Useful links

Business Ethics 
Online magazine for corporate responsibility. The publication provides information, opinion and analysis on issues related to ethical business practice and greater social responsibility in business.

The UK arm of the European Business Ethics Network providing a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss and debate issues related to business ethics and enable dialogue on the role of business in society.

Ethical Trading Initiative 
An alliance of companies, voluntary organisations and trade unions which promotes ethical business practices and aims to 'improve the lives of workers in global supply chains'. The resources section provides access to reports and training materials.

Institute of Business Ethics 
The IBE, established as a charity in 1986, raises public awareness of the importance of doing business ethically, carries out research into good practice and ethical business conduct and delivers business ethics training and education. The resources section includes surveys and reports on ethical issues as well as resources for SMEs.

The International Business Ethics Institute (IBEI) 
A private, not for profit, nonpartisan, educational organisation founded in 1994 in response to the growing need for transnationalism in the field of business ethics. The IBEI is based in the US with an affiliate office in London.

International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) 
An independent, not-for-profit global organisation established in 1990 which works with companies on the sustainability and responsible business agenda. Resources include a business integrity handbook and an anti-corruption toolkit for SMEs.

Salz Review (2013) 
The Salz Review was commissioned by Barclays in 2012, as an independent external review of the bank's business practices, led by Anthony Salz. It makes 34 recommendations on culture, pay, governance, and restoring trust.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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