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On Ethics and Ethical Behavior

"Ethos," the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-332 BCE) taught the world some 24 centuries ago, is very important for leaders to have and to demonstrate if they want to succeed in shaping public opinion. Individual and collective ethos is at the heart of who we are and what we stand for.  Aristotle perfected his principles of rhetoric " effective political speech -- and taught his students the power of rhetoric, which he explained was one of the foundation stones of [then] emerging western democracy (in Ancient Greece). 

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News & Updates

May 28, 2015 Madoff scheme claims another plea deal, but this one avoids prison

Source: NY Business Journal

More than six years after Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with running the largest Ponzi scheme in history, another of his former employees avoided prison time today by striking a deal to cooperate with prosecutors in...

May 27, 2015 SEC fines Deutsche Bank for accounting irregularities in crisis

Source: Reuters

U.S. officials said Deutsche Bank misstated its financial accounts during the peak of the financial crisis and fined the bank $55 million to settle the long-running probe into the valuation of complex derivatives.

May 27, 2015 Goldman New Cop Is FBI Agent Who Put Away Madoff, Rajaratnam

Source: Bloomberg

The FBI agent who oversaw the Bernard Madoff investigation and helped pioneer the use of wiretaps that yielded dozens of insider-trading convictions is now working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Research & Insights

May 20, 2015 Survey: Wall Street ethics still an oxymoron

Source: CBS: Money Watch

July marks the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, better known as the Dodd-Frank Act. The measure was a direct response to the excesses perpetrated by Wall Street and to the lack...

May 19, 2015 Historic Survey of Financial Services Professionals Reveals Widespread Disregard for Ethics and an Alarming Use of Secrecy Policies and Agreements to Silence Employees

Source: SYS-Con Media

The survey, the most expansive of its kind, polled more than 1,200 U.S. and U.K.-based financial services professionals to examine views on workplace ethics, the nexus between principles and profits, the state of industry...

March 26, 2015 The moral maze: How poor company ethics can cost investors

Source: Business Reporter

FTSE100 companies are failing to provide investors with clear measures of how they maintain robust ethical standards, according to a study by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

Commentary & Opinion

April 9, 2015 Nine Steps to Make Your Company’s Ethics Training Program Stick

Source: Accounting Web

It’s not easy to embed business ethics throughout an organization, because it’s not always easy to define the “right thing to do” – especially when different people define “right and wrong” in different ways. To add to the...

April 2, 2015 Walmart Emerges as Unlikely Social Force

Source: NY Times

Walmart, which has deployed its financial might to squeeze extra gallons of gas out of its trucks and shave pennies off the price of laundry detergent, did something unexpected this week: It muscled its way into a divisive social...

March 31, 2015 What Are the Ethical Implications of Emerging Tech'

ISN - This article was originally published by Agenda, a blog operated by the îWorld Economic Forumî, on 4 March, 2015. In the past four decades, technology has fundamentally altered our lives: from the way we work,...


I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

--Aristotle, on Ethics

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