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Ethics

Standards of conduct or moral judgment.

Ethics

The study and practice of appropriate behavior, regardless of the behavior's legality. Certain industries have professional organizations setting and promoting certain ethical standards. For example, an accountant may be required to refrain from engaging in aggressive accounting, even when a particular type of aggressive accounting is not illegal. Professional organizations may censure or revoke the licenses of those professionals who are found to have violated the ethical standards of their fields.

In investing, ethics helps inform the investment decisions of some individuals and companies. For example, an individual may have a moral objection to smoking and therefore refrain from investing in tobacco companies. Ethics may be both positive and negative in investing; that is, it may inform where an individual makes investments (e.g. in environmentally friendly companies) and where he/she does not (e.g. in arms manufacturers). Some mutual funds and even whole subdivisions are dedicated to promoting ethical investing. See also: Green fund, Islamic finance.
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Wendover, and the love-scene with Madame de Netteville, which, like those other exciting passages, really furthers the development of the proper ethical interests of the book.
Broader and deeper we must write our annals,--from an ethical reformation, from an influx of the ever new, ever sanative conscience,--if we would trulier express our central and wide- related nature, instead of this old chronology of selfishness and pride to which we have too long lent our eyes.
We are of the unwashed, but with this difference: our brains are of the best, and we have no foolish ethical nor social scruples.
In animals we are not troubled by the disturbing influence of ethical considerations.
And some people said that Madame Stahl had made her social position as a philanthropic, highly religious woman; other people said she really was at heart the highly ethical being, living for nothing but the good of her fellow creatures, which she represented herself to be.
But Billy's ethical sanction was rock-bedded and profound.
His mother and his sister had established that ethical fact on an unshakable foundation.
All at once, as if a page of a book had been turned over disclosing a word which made plain all that had gone before, I perceived that this matter had also another than an ethical aspect.
For now he sat in his black velvet cap and old grey gown, magnanimous again; and would have comported himself towards any Collegian who might have looked in to ask his advice, like a great moral Lord Chesterfield, or Master of the ethical ceremonies of the Marshalsea.
Furthermore, Davis (1994) found that consumers make buying decisions based on their perception of a company's ethical behavior after viewing advertisements.
A variety of ethical concerns coalesce to make housing-related health hazard research particularly challenging.
6694(a)) in 1989, it is clear that CPAs could, in significant part, "self-regulate" by establishing reasonable standards of ethical conduct such as SRTP No.