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Ethics Codes

Ethics codes can serve several crucial functions impacting on people outside the institution or guiding and changing the behaviour of institution members.


Author(s): Charles Sampford and Hugh Breakey

Ethics codes for professionals are official, public documents that explicitly set down professionals’ obligations, standards and principles. They can be aspirational documents, listing the values and virtues prized by the profession – or they can have a more regulatory cast, offering specific and detailed guidance on concrete situations faced in professional work.

This title describes the distinct types of ethics codes, the various functions they can fulfil, and the challenges and opportunities they face in doing so.


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