Ethics

The Code provides accountants with a framework and guidance on how to behave ethically.

Cracking the code of ethics for professional accountants


Recent controversy over pursuit of whistleblowers in the public sector, has put the spotlight back on public sector reform.

Australia has new whistleblowing laws. Now for the governance.


Foreign bribery is inherently difficult to detect and enforce. The OECD says it takes on average 7.3 years to bring a foreign bribery matter to conclusion.

Anti-corruption update: what it means for accounting


With AI increasingly ubiquitous and part of modern existence, concern about its biases has inspired a push towards a governance framework that is ethical, unbiased and transparent. Illustrations: Adam Nickel

The good, bad and ugly of AI ethics


Bernie Madoff arrives at Federal Court in New York to face charges of fraud in 2009. His long-running commercial fraud spectacularly unravelled in 2008.

The upside of commercial fraud


“Ethical” investments are consistently outperforming their more traditional counterparts in the broader market - busting the myth that doing good necessitates financial sacrifice.

Does ethical investment pay higher returns?


How can accountants strike the right balance if they discover their client is acting illegally or against the public interest.

NOCLAR: balancing the needs of clients with the greater good


It probably comes as no surprise that social media defamation suits are rising exponentially across the world. Illustration: Ellen Porteus.

Social media defamation: how bad 'netiquette' can cost you in court


While workplace policies encourage anonymous whistleblowing, Australia’s Corporations Act protects only whistleblowers that are willing to identify themselves. This is just one of the topics that will be tackled at WCOA 2018. Illustration: Adam Nickel.

Tell the truth and ruin your career: should whistleblowers be compensated?


American con artist George C. Parker claimed to have "sold" the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge up to twice a week for 30 years. Police stopped several of his victims from erecting toll booths on their new purchase. Illustrations: Michael Killalea

Ponzi scheme, fraud, white-collar crime: 6 modern-day swindlers and how they did it


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While most of us want to do the right thing, sometimes we fail to adequately consider all aspects of a situation or are influenced by human limitations in perception and thinking. This collection can help.

Featured essays:

  • Make sure your voice is heard at work before you leave
  • Does reciprocity stop workers from doing the right thing?
  • There are no words to excuse a bad work ethic
  • Keep your accounting hat on
  • Why ethics and law are not the same thing
  • Should intuition be trusted on the job?
  • Move over "buyer beware" – it's the seller's turn
  • Are your ethics taking a wrong turn?
  • Bullies and bystanders
  • Counting the consequences
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