Ethics in the Workplace

by Anna Faherty
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Identify your own stance on ethical issues
  • Understand the role of ethics in the workplace
  • Recognise the situations and threats that challenge ethical behaviour
  • Develop a more inclusive workplace by recognising the impact of unconscious bias
  • Make ethical decisions with confidence
  • Implement ethical practices in your own organisation

Issues of trust, transparency and ethics are never far from the minds of accounting and finance professionals. Yet, in a world full of grey areas and thorny dilemmas, acting ethically is far from straightforward.

This course introduces the concept and meaning of ethics, explores ethical issues within the workplace and identifies how best to resolve ethical dilemmas. You'll consider your own ethical stance, examine your unconscious bias and reflect on the impact exerted by organisational and wider cultures.

Understanding ethics

  • What is ethics?
  • A slippery concept
  • Conflicting perspectives
  • Ethical decision-making

Ethics in the workplace

  • What are ethics for?
  • The value of ethics
  • Ethics and the law
  • Enron and staying within the law
  • Breaking confidentiality
  • Sweet spots and compromises

Ethics under attack

  • Why we act unethically
  • The power of authority
  • The power of the system
  • Ethical principles and threats

Ethics and diversity

  • Creating an inclusive workplace
  • Unconscious bias
  • Making black lives matter
  • Mind the gap

Exploring ethical dilemmas

  • Common ethical issues
  • Identifying ethical issues
  • Decision-making frameworks
  • Resolving ethical issues
  • Ethics vs business

Implementing ethical practices

  • Ingrained ethics
  • The transparent organisation
  • Ethics across cultures
  • Codes of conduct

Anna Faherty is a writer, editor, researcher and educator who works across the publishing, museum and science communication sectors.

She collaborates with a diverse range of organisations to help them develop profitable products and effective, audience-focused communications. Her clients include the British Museum, Oxford University Press, Pearson and the V&A.

A scientist by training, Anna built up almost two decades of commercial product development and management experience, gained in higher education and professional publishing, before setting up her own consultancy business. She has also served as the Trustee of a small local museum and is sensitive to the needs of international audiences, having studied and worked in the UK, Australia, South Africa and the Seychelles.

Anna has delivered workshops and webinars for ACCA and the AIA and has lectured at City University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University and University College London. She is the author of two books (both published by Wellcome Collection) and her research paper on novel business models was recognised by an international award for excellence.

You can find out more about Anna's professional experience at:, or follow her on Twitter at @mafunyane.

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