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Business ethics

Use our selection of books, articles and links to help you develop an ethical business culture.

Visit the ICAEW ethics pages to read our Code of Ethics and learn about the latest developments in ethics for the accountancy profession.

Contact the Technical helpline for advice on ethical dilemmas in business or practice.

Read our ethics helpsheets for information on popular topics.

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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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Ethical bankers

The authors investigate the calls for a culture of ethics in banking - how effective have efforts to get bankers to behave more ethically been?

When executives go bad

Investigating fraud by corporate leaders can be a risky job for internal audit without the backing of the board.

The moral law within corporations

With their credibility and integrity professional accountants can play a big role in putting the conscience into corporations.

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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.

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

Institute of Business Ethics (IBE)
The IBE raises public awareness of business ethics, conducts research into good practice, and delivers training and education. The resources section includes surveys and reports on ethical issues as well as guidance for SMEs.

The International Business Ethics Institute (IBEI)
A non-profit educational body that specialises in ethical practice for multinational organisations.

International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
The IBLF was established in 1990. It works with companies on sustainability and responsible business agendas. Resources include a business integrity handbook and an anti-corruption toolkit for SMEs.

The Salz Review (2013) 
An independent report commissioned by Barclays to review the bank's business practices. It makes 34 recommendations on culture, pay, governance, and restoring trust.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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