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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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So the message to the ethically cynical is that the company sees good ethics as being in its self-interest because it will make the company more successful and will prevent disasters.
However, a question arises whether these reasons prove ethically sufficient to legitimately deceive the media.
The result is that professionals act less ethically, and all of us--believers and nonbelievers alike--are worse off for it.
If public relations practitioners, and the academics who train and support them, are to practice ethically in the 21st century, they must become comfortable with the philosophies employed.
However, the research found a fifth more people were buying ethically produced goods in the region than six months ago.
Ethically responsible management of conflicts of interest keeps fiduciary responsibility to patients the primary consideration and motivation for clinical judgments and decision making.
The article says that the "definitive study of abortion's mental aftermath is ethically impermissible.
Ethically, the crucial factor in these alternative treatments is not whether they are active or passive but, rather, whether they are done with or without the patient's consent.
GNI has used ethically approved methods to successfully map gene regulatory networks via a complex process of reverse-engineering.
His proposal would mean that any body funded by the taxpayer, from national parks to tax offices and military barracks, would only buy ethically produced food that has been sourced locally.
Younger shoppers are the least bothered about wearing ethically produced clothes, new research suggests.