Financial Institutions and Codes of Ethics

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Abstract

Corporate codes are one of the most conspicuous tools in the business ethics armory. They have their vocal critics, but this chapter argues that they can make a positive contribution if they are well designed and embedded in the organization. A financial institution that seeks to take ethics seriously should ensure that the contents of its code are appropriate and current and that the code is effectively communicated, well supported, and diligently enforced. The codes of two UK-based banks are used to illustrate the points made. A final section recognizes that some employees will also be subject to professional codes of ethics and considers how this can support organizational ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Ethics in Finance
EditorsLeire San-Jose, José Luis Retolaza, Luc van Liedekerke
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030000011, 9783030293710
ISBN (Print)9783030293703, 9783030293727
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Handbooks in Business Ethics
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Volume3
ISSN (Print)2213-106X
ISSN (Electronic)2213-1078

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    Cowton, C. (2019). Financial Institutions and Codes of Ethics. In L. San-Jose, J. L. Retolaza, & L. van Liedekerke (Eds.), Handbook on Ethics in Finance (International Handbooks in Business Ethics; Vol. 3). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00001-1_1-1