Ethical Trends

In this activity you will examine ethics through a different lens by considering five business trends and their ethical implications. Prepare to think differently about potential threats to compliance with the fundamental principles in the Code of Ethics and identify strategies to respond appropriately.

Content Description

What does ethical behaviour have to do with business success? Everything. Your reputation is your most valuable asset and behaving ethically is an essential element to both maintaining and enhancing it.

Research has shown that the more often we revisit our ethical obligations the higher the likelihood we will respond appropriately when faced with an ethical dilemma.

Karen McWilliams, Leader – Policy and Thought leadership at CA ANZ discusses how ethics, and our commitment to the Code of Ethics is being challenged differently in today’s business world.

You will examine five key business trends with Clare Payne, Ethics Consultant to CAANZ Education, including:

  • shifts in trust
  • the rise in women’s wealth
  • the rise in responsible investment
  • ethical exclusions
  • new litigation

During the session you will explore the ethical dilemmas these trends may create for Chartered Accountants with Rebecca Stickney, NZ Leader – Professional Conduct CA ANZ. You will identify potential threats to compliance with the fundamental principles of the Code of Ethics and consider how you would implement safeguards to maintain compliance with the Code.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the five key ethical trends for business
  • Describe how shifting ethical expectations may impact compliance with the Code of Ethics
  • Illustrate how professional safeguards help to maintain compliance with the Code of Ethics.


Successful completion of this webinar will develop your skills and confidence in selecting the best course of action. It will also help you avoid the pitfalls that often undermine acting ethically.

Karen McWilliams, Ethics and Sustainability Leader, CA ANZ Karen oversees policy and advocacy work in sustainability, integrated reporting and ethics for CA ANZ.

Clare Payne, Ethics consultant to CA ANZ Education Clare specialises in the field of ethics in banking and finance. Clare commenced her career as an employment lawyer and subsequently managed the Integrity Office of a Global Investment Bank. Clare was a Founding Director of The Banking and Finance Oath (, a Hippocratic-type Oath for the banking and finance industry. Clare also holds the positions of Chief of Global Strategy with Tobacco Free Portfolios and is a Consulting Fellow for Ethics in Banking and Finance with The Ethics Centre.

Rebecca Stickney, CA ANZ Lead - Professional Conduct & Complaints New Zealand Rebecca leads the CA ANZ Professional Conduct team in New Zealand


Topic: Ethics & Integrity

Sub-Topic: Ethics

Format: Recorded Webinar

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

CPD: 1 hours