It's Time for the Super-Heroes of Ethical Behavior and the Public Trust to Help Save the World.
By Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA
It seems like every day there is either news of a new scandal or additional “discoveries” about an on-going scandal. It’s quite depressing.
I finally took a step back to ask myself: “Why is this happening? Are we just doomed to a world that is just becoming more and more corrupt? Or is there something that can be done to stop this degeneration of society?”
Are Accountants Natively Ethical?
As I pondered how to solve the corruption problem, I asked myself, “how do we get more people to behave more ethically—more like us accountants?”
This then caused me to ask…
- What is it that makes accountants more ethical?
- Is it something that is inborn in us?
- Does being an accountant make us more ethical?
- Or is it an inborn belief in ethical behavior that makes accounting attractive to us?