Professionalism and Ethics for Accountants

by Anna Faherty
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the challenges and rewards of behaving ethically
  • Consider your own moral values
  • Explore perspectives that challenge views
  • Consider the impact of organisational and cultural contexts
  • Understand the value of corporate social responsibility initiatives

From the Enron scandal and BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill to MPs' expenses and Wiki Leaks, issues of trust, transparency, ethics and corporate social responsibility have never been so high on the organisational agenda. Yet recognising ethical issues and taking appropriate and effective decisions isn't easy. Spanning both home and personal worlds, and never black and white, the management of ethical dilemmas is a challenging situations for all professionals.

Professionalism and Ethics for Accountants helps you discover the challenges and rewards of behaving ethically in the workplace, consider your own moral values and explore perspectives that will challenge your views.

Professionalism and Ethics for Accountants is part of Nelson Croom's Issues and Debates suite of learning. Issues and Debates courses stimulate intelligent dialogue and debate and provide a valuable and evolving resource of professional knowledge and experience. These courses are topical, practical and highly relevant to today’s changing market. Each module is split into two activities: Understanding the issues and Putting it into practice. The first encourages you to think about a topic, drawing on your own professional experience and knowledge. The second helps you to put ideas and/or theories into practice as part of your day-to-day work.

Understanding ethics

  • Defining ethics
  • Ethics, morals and values
  • Why ethics matters
  • Different ethical perspectives
  • Reasons for acting ethically

Ethics and you

  • Your personal values and boundaries
  • Your organisational and professional context
  • Concerns about ethical issues
  • Ethics in your everyday life

Ethics in practice

  • Why people act unethically
  • Why ethical issues are difficult to deal with
  • Ethics and the law
  • Codes of conduct

Recognising and resolving ethical dilemmas

  • Identifying an "ethical issue"
  • Using decision-making frameworks
  • Making and evaluating decisions
  • Communicating about ethical issues

Debating ethical issues

  • Transparency vs. confidentiality
  • Ethics vs. success
  • Ethics across cultures
  • The real value of corporate social responsibility

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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