Ethics And Ethics: The Importance Of Ethical Behavior

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Biblical concepts as written in Scripture underscore the importance of ethical behavior and its relevance in demonstrating to God we trust, believe and belong to Him. Society is built on a foundation of ethical principles important in both personal and business connections. This expected Christian behavior is the foundation of God’s desire for us to not only believe in right and wrong, but to live it through our actions. As references in Leviticus 19:35, “Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity,” we learn the great importance God places in being faithful and honest. These concepts directly relate to the fields of accounting and finance as witnessed through professional associations, ethical decision-making, and numerous biblical teachings.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) was established as a professional organization to assist members with their role and responsibilities as accountants. More specifically, the foundation of their profession is built upon a Model Code of Professional Conduct guiding members in the basic belief and framework of ethical conduct. These guiding principles call for an “unswerving
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Ethics and morality establish how individuals act and treat each other and, through accounting practices and principles, an ‘‘ethical system facilitates trust among its adherents and creates the necessary foundation for a cooperative endeavor” (Satava, Caldwell, & Richards, 2006, p. 281). Ethical decision-making is important for today’s business leaders. As defined by Hicks and Hicks (2014), ethics is “what is morally right and wrong” (p. 111). Individuals must therefore make decisions by choosing among alternatives that coincide with their individual ethical principles and moral

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