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20
Nov
18
Posted by:

The BFO Submission: Royal Commission into Misconduct the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

In its Interim Report, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry noted that the explanation for the poor conduct identified was “too often…the pursuit of short-term profit at the expense of basic standards of honesty” (p xix). One initiative already underway to raise standards of honesty and integrity in Australia’s financial services industry is The Banking and Finance Oath (The BFO). This submission outlines the background and purpose of The BFO and the role it has been playing in rebuilding community trust in this crucial industry.

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06
Nov
18
Posted by:
John R. Boatright, Loyola University Chicago , Chicago , IL , USA

Swearing to be Virtuous: The Prospects of a Banker's Oath By John R. Boatright

Abstract
In an effort to restore trust in the banking sector, the Advisory Committee on the Future of Banks in the Netherlands made a recommendation, which has since been adopted, that bank executives be required to swear an oath akin to the physician's Hippocratic Oath. This examination of the prospects of the Dutch banker's oath addresses two broad issues. One issue is the efficacy of oaths themselves as instruments for achieving the desired end. A second issue concerns the extent to which this particular oath is a useful guide to ethical banking practice. 

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