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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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Three general questions have been raised for teaching in accounting ethics: Can professional ethics be taught by accounting educators to accounting students?
According to Stein (1990), there has been an increased interest in ethics and issues related to ethical standards of practice within the counseling profession, as evident in the consistent choice of ethical issues as themes for local, state, and national meetings; the desire by publishers for books on ethics; and the eagerness of journals to publish articles on ethics.
His book, Just and Unjust Wars, ought to figure prominently in any military ethics curriculum.
MTNA members are strongly encouraged to adopt the Code of Ethics as their personal model of professional conduct.
on economics and ethics with a clear focus on poverty.
Although there are many ways to create or improve a government ethics program, there is only one principal spark: a scandal involving an official.
The status of communication ethics scholarship in speech communication journals from 1915-1985.
Professor Somerville holds that by developing a sense of the "sacredness of a human being that is not dependent on anything but his or her biological and psychological characteristics, one can develop an ethics that will respect the dignity of all.
So long as fear is present in an organization, ethics, the base component of organizational culture, are threatened.
A week ago, we said Gil Garcetti should resign from the Ethics Commission because of the appearance of a conflict of interest involving his son.
Voices from religious ethics communities offer resources for recovering language of community and rethinking the familiar grounds of social justice debates in forming an ethical response to the American health care reform crisis.