Essay on The Ethical Values Held in Accounting, A Literature Rewiew

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Every profession faces a multiple of ethical challenges on a daily bases, this can be clearly witnessed in the accounting profession. The main focus of this literature review is to discuss the ethical values held in this profession and to also explore the ethical challenges that they face. Professional ethics for accountants is all about making sure that accountants carry out their duties to the highest standard possible and in a very professional manner. A code of ethics is designed to make sure that ideal behaviour is being carried out and it must be enforceable and realistic. From reading a variety of literature the core principles of the code of ethics are as follows: integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour. Although there are a large amount of ethical challenges that could arise when the professionals are complying with the code of ethics, this review will focus on some of the major ones.
The IFAC has set out the five fundamental principles in order to achieve a common understanding. Firstly there is integrity, this principle is there to make sure that all accountants are being truthful and honest at all times. Next there is objectivity, this is where the accountant must remain impartial at all times while carry out their duties this will therefore result in a fair and correct result in relation to their accounts. Next there is the principle that is the professional competence and due care, this is…