The Golden Rule and Business Ethics
We all know (or at least it is hoped and perhaps assumed that we all know) right from wrong, how to behave with clients, what types of activities are taboo, what words aren't to be spoken in polite company, how to use discretion when dealing with client information. But we're not just talking about the Golden Rule here. The best way to ensure cooperation and adherence to the rules is to put the rules and expectations in writing.
Does your accounting firm have a published code of ethics? Read the results of a recent survey on business ethics and see how some of our accounting peers are handling the issues of ethics in their firms.
Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.
Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.
Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Caleb spends a lot of time on a bicycle and reading, but never at the same time.