The CFA Society has long been an advocate for strong ethics in the Investment Profession. The Code of Ethics and Standard of Professional Conduct are an integral part of the testing process, and underscores the importance to the Society of practicing the craft while adhering to those principles. As stated in the CFA Society’s Mission & Vision Statement:
High ethical principles and professional standards are essential to positive outcomes; rules and regulations, while necessary, are not sufficient by themselves.
We think that the CFA Society’s commitment to strong ethics is part of what sets charterholders apart from other professionals in the Investment Profession. We think this is particularly important in light of highly publicized ethical failures and an increasingly skeptical attitude toward the Investment Profession from the public. We would like to reinforce this message by starting a dialogue on FreezingAssets to help promote ethical decision making. The CFA designation comes with an obligation to do more than determine what is legal. We must go beyond the bare minimum of what is required. We want to understand what is right. And to understand what is right, we need to engage in dialogue. We would like to solicit questions and concerns from members, and then tap into our member base and professional experts to explore the ethical issues involved.
So, here are the ground rules.
1) Questions should be submitted anonymously. We don’t want anyone to worry about experiencing negative career impact from engaging in dialogue. So, no real names, no company names. Just situations.
2) Real situations are better. No trying to trick the panel with things like “If God is all powerful, can he make a planet so big that he himself can’t lift?”
3) Freezing Assets is not providing legal advice. So don’t ask for it.
There is a form on Freezingassets.org for submitting questions, situations, or concerns – access the form here. As with much of what we do, this is an experiment. Maybe everybody already knows everything. But we kind of hope there are a few folks out there who are able to challenge us all to think more deeply about what we do. We think that’s really what the Code and Standards are all about.
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