Business ethics: moving beyond just compliance

Business ethics: moving beyond just compliance


As a topic, business ethics moves beyond the usual focus on compliance issues and is highly relevant to financial professionals.  Incorporating business ethics training for staff can help imbue a strong ethical culture within an organisation.  This article gives a brief introduction to ethics, before exploring the relationship between ethics and the law and outlining sets of ethical principles. Finally it looks at the benefits to financial professionals of a deeper understanding of ethics, including better appreciation of the consequences of behaviour and the ability to weigh up ethical dilemmas under ‘safe’ conditions.

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Q G Rayer (2017), Business ethics: moving beyond just compliance, Economia, available at, 3 pages, 12 September 2017.


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Dr Quintin Rayer

About Dr Quintin Rayer

Quintin is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, a Chartered Wealth Manager and holds a Physics degree from Imperial College London and a Physics doctorate in atmospheric physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.