The ethics of social media... what would you do?

Wednesday 27 November, 2019
by Anonymous

As the manager of a small close-knit team in a large financial services institution, one of your team members has made you aware the new employee in your team has a sexually explicit Instagram account, and that others in the broader business division are gossiping about this individual.

You approach HR who express concern the gossip might be interpreted as workplace harassment and direct you to the social media policy. The policy is not clear or prescriptive about what you should do in this situation.  
 
What would you do?

We challenge you to create a healthy discussion with your colleagues and post a comment below. You could even encourage them to consider taking The Banking and Finance Oath!

Please share your ethical dilemmas with us - we can post them anonymously. You can email your dilemmas to dilemma@thebfo.org 


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The Oath

  • Trust is the foundation of my profession.
  • I will serve all interests in good faith.
  • I will compete with honour.
  • I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
  • I will help create a sustainable future.
  • I will help create a more just society.
  • I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.

In these and all other matters;
My word is my bond.

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A banking and finance industry that meets the community’s needs and has its full confidence thereby fulfilling its integral role in society.