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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
MSc in Finance1S2English
Professeur(s) responsable(s)A.NEWTON
Intervenant(s)Andrew NEWTON

Pré requis

No special prerequisites apply

Objectifs du cours

Understand what it means to be a finance professional in a system that pits value against values
Understand how to manage interactions with those who could thwart you
Apply code of ethics and standards of professional conduct
Critically describe why and how you should use your power as a financial intermediary to influence other corporations to do the same
Demonstrate the importance of behaving ethically with clients and employers in the finance industry (learning objective AACSB)

Contenu du cours

This course addresses ethics-related questions by painting a picture of the finance professional as a steward of the global economy. Within a program that equips students with the technical knowledge and analytical skills needed to understand and make financial decisions, this course helps to articulate and deepen students' appreciation of what they are doing all this for, to equip them with practical skills and strategies that will enable them to remain true to their values in the face of workplace challenges, to think critically about ethical issues in finance, to analyze the impacts both of their firm and of those it helps finance on organizational stakeholders such as employees, customers, neighboring communities, and the natural environment, and to address those issues in their role as manager or investor. Along the way will be achieved those learning outcomes demanded by the CFA Institute relating to ethics, professional standards, and corporate governance.
Course outline:
1. Introduction
2. Voicing values
3. Countering objections
4. The ethics toolkit
5. Applying ethics in finance
6. Stakeholders
7. Corporations, legitimacy and trust
8. Justice and sustainability
9. Human rights
10. Corporate governance
11. Shareholders, shareholder activism and SRI

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
Interactive class30,00  
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings10,00  
Independent study
Group Project7,00  
Individual Project18,00  
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant75,00  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Presentation
  • E-learning
  • Research
  • Project work
  • Interactive class


This course is assessed through an open book test on Giving Voice to Values, a group presentation on finance ethics and an individual research project which consists in drafting a shareholder resolution concerning a particular company on a particular social or environmental issue the company is currently facing.

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Continuous assessment
Mid-term exam0,50120,00
Individual Project0,00160,00
TOTAL     100,00


  • Boatright, J. 2013. Ethics in Finance (3rd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. -

  • Tricker, B. 2015. Corporate Governance – Principles, Policies and practice, (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. -

  • CFA Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct 2014. -

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