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.
A "slow-drip torture of incidents, events and court cases" are eroding trust in the banking industry, says John Laker, the chairman of the Banking and Finance Oath board and former chairman of the banking regulator. 

"The erosion of trust and the impact on individuals is very disappointing. Livelihoods have been affected. There has been an erosion of trust, and once it is lost it is hard to regain, so it's critical that all parts of the industry work to build trust. The community has high expectations of the industry and there's work to do to meet those expectations. At the individual level the oath can provide momentum that core ethical foundations are being reinforced." 

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