What would you do? Your weekly ethical dilemma challenge

Thursday 25 July, 2019
by Anonymous
‘I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same’.
We regularly hear from signatories that this can be one of the most confronting tenets of the Oath... but also the most empowering. This week’s dilemma will likely spark debate in your office – which we encourage!

‘I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same’.

We regularly hear from signatories that this can be one of the most confronting tenets of the Oath... but also the most empowering. This week’s dilemma will likely spark debate in your office – which we encourage!

There is no scene to set – it’s in the screenshot (reproduced with permission).

So if you received this text message from a colleague who had recently graduated from uni and started their new (dream!) job at your organisation in the financial services industry, and they found themselves in this situation with their team… what would you do?

What ethical considerations would you give to your decision-making? Why? Why not?

We encourage you to post your answers in the comments so we can create a healthy discussion, with the aim of learning from our peers, becoming aware of differing perspectives and challenging our own biases.

This week's dilemma was provided to us on the condition of anonymity and we can do the same for you. 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.

The Vision

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