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Ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues.

It is the duty of a CFO to deal with the entity he or she serves both ethically and in good faith. To do so it is important that the CFO understands his or her ethical compass and how to perform the duties and obligations of the CFO ethically and in good faith. This course explores those duties and obligations.

Learning Objectives

●Explore the duties and obligations of the CFO.

●Explore the meaning of ethics and ethical behavior in business.

●Identify each of the various concepts setting forth ethical standards.

●Identify the conduct that might cause ethical concerns to the business he or she serves.

●Identify each type of ethical dilemma faced by a CFO and company management.

●Identify the ethical requirements of Sarbanes Oxley.

Last updated/reviewed: November 14, 2019

112 Reviews (456 ratings)Reviews

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The pace of the course is slow and comprised almost entirely of the reading of the text on the PowerPoint slides. With real-life examples being minimally provided, there was little value-add from the narrative accompanying the slides. The content itself was useful.
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This course did an exceptional job in presenting the responsibilities of the CFO as it pertains to ethics. Was surprised that CEO was not the ultimate person to be held responsible. CFO would get the most from this course.
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Good material. Nicely presented (although slide pdf and actual presentation were a little different, including page numbering). A few of the test questions (both review and final) seemed to be worded very awkwardly.
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This course provided a lot of variety of information related to ethics and the CFO role. I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints that all describe ethical behavior. The perspective from a CFO point of view is helpful.
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Anonymous Author
This was a very interesting course. I found the wording of some of the material somewhat confusing which carried over to the quiz and test. More clarity would be beneficial to the overall learning experience.
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Great presentation. The presentation walks through how important is ethics and ethical behaviour in workplace. The course also covered some underlying theories behind evolution of ethics.
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Anonymous Author
The instructor could have a bit more energy in delivering the information. The review had some oddly worded questions and answers. Final exam didn't adequately test on the subject matter.
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Ethics is a dry topic to begin with, but the presentation videos were just reading of the slide in a very slow manner. And the Test questions were very poorly written.
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Anonymous Author
Good discussion on ethics. Presentation provides a brief description of various ethical models, and clearly outlines the responsibilities of the ethical CFO.
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Anonymous Author
The presenter lacks tone and speaks far too slowly to remain engaged. The presenter also reads the slides, providing very little additional insight.
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Anonymous Author
The presenter seemed extremely knowledgeable, and that came across. He also was very adamant about his views on ethics, which I appreciated.
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Anonymous Author
It seemed a bit repetitive presentation, but maybe it is necessary for people to repetitively remind about the need to be ethical.
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Great course that helps one think of ethics in relation to the role of a CFO. Would recommend to anyone in a CFO or similar role.
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This course was a thorough reminder of the ethical requirements of the CFO, as well as the general responsibilities of the role.
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good slides, but takes quite a long time to get through, even though the message of what ethics for a CFO means is quite clear.
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Reading the slides makes for a tedious learning experience. hearing some real-world examples that Barry has had would be great.
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This was very clear to follow, which I really appreciate. I liked how he gave an overview of different philosophies of ethics
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Anonymous Author
The presenter talked way too slow. Ethics is hard enough to, give some emotion to the presentation to keep our interest!
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Anonymous Author
While the content was helpful, the voice was a bit monotone and thus difficult to stay attentive to the presentation.
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It would be extremely helpful to show the correct answers to the Final Exam. Not doing so shortchanges the student.
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I am not sure if the theory at the beginning is useful. Some real world actual examples would have been interesting.
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Anonymous Author
A little dry but served its purpose. I dont think I will remember much from it in the future as I did other courses.
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Anonymous Author
The material was well organized and easy to understand. this is a great way of completing credits needed for CPE.
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I felt at times the course was a little too complicated. I would have preferred it to be a little more simplified
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Anonymous Author
This course provided a lot insight related to the CFO role. I learned the multiple POVs from a CFO perspective.
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Course was very repetitive and dated. Could have expanded more on regulations coming out of financial crisis
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Anonymous Author
The philosophers' definitions and theories on ethics really did not help raise my awareness of busienss ethics.
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Anonymous Author
The was an interesting look into the ethics of a CFO which I did not realize could be so specific to one role.
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Anonymous Author
Great course for novices and professionals on ethics. Enjoyed instructor and notes were very comprehensive.
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The guy just recited ad nauseum the duties of a CFO and sprinkled the word "ethics" randomly throughout.
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Anonymous Author
Thorough but rather bland presentation. Didn't help that speaker yawned a few times while presenting.
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Anonymous Author
A lot of great information and perspectives, although the method of presenting was slow and dry.
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Dry, monotone presentation that did not accomplish much more than reading what was on the slides
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Overall content was good, but verbal presentation was too slow and just read off of the slides.
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Anonymous Author
This course provided helpful insight into facilitating ethical behavior at a leadership level.
5
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Very interesting and a great class to take if you want to go the CFO route with your career.
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Tone was a bit monotonous. Questions on the practice and final exam were poorly structured.
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Course is repetitious. Some of the review/final exam questions/answers are written poorly.
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Good point of view. I enjoyed the specific application of ethics to a role such as the CFO.
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Anonymous Author
Excellent presentation of how ethics applies to the CFO in today’s business environment
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Ethical CFO's are very important to the overall "Tone at the top" of any organization.
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A little slow, but a novel overview of CFO ethics from the point of view of a lawyer.
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Anonymous Author
Decent course, exam questions could use some work though - they weren't always clear.
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Good content, but speaking tone could be more vibrant. Use more real world examples.
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Anonymous Author
The presenter was pretty monotone and drab to listen to, but the content was good.
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Anonymous Author
A few case study examples of making one think through and apply would be helpful
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Anonymous Author
A little excitement in the tone of Barry's voice would add to the good content.
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Anonymous Author
For an Ethics course this was pretty solid, thanks for putting this together.
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Anonymous Author
Thanks Mr.Barry's experienced course guidance,and his voice is very kindly.
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Anonymous Author
Liked more in depth look at ethical challenges past mere adherence to laws.
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Great information... a lot more to Ethics than I thought there would be!
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Anonymous Author
This is a helpful course to understand the ethical requirements of a CFO.
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Anonymous Author
The course is good but it more real life examples will make it better.
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Anonymous Author
A little monotone. Covers some examples of things to consider as a CFO.
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Anonymous Author
Speaker talked very slow and caused me to have trouble staying engaged.
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Anonymous Author
Good overview of basic ethics theories and how to apply those as a CFO.
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Anonymous Author
The review and final exam questions in this course were poorly worded.
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Anonymous Author
Very thorough job explaining role of CFO and ethical responsibilities
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Anonymous Author
Very detailed and informative. But presentation can be more lively.
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Anonymous Author
It was a very dry presentation. I found it difficult to sit through.
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Good definitions of ethics and how it relates to a business leader.
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Anonymous Author
Very Good ethical review and review of CFO duties. Worth the time.
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Always good to review ethics, even when we don't think we need to.
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Anonymous Author
This is a fairly basic level of ethics within the role of the CFO.
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Anonymous Author
A good course. Clearly a must for anyone who aspires to be a CFO.
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Anonymous Author
Nice class for additional ethics units, thank you for your time.
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Anonymous Author
Good material, boring delivery. It was hard not to fall asleep.
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Nice recap of the basis of ethics and it application to the CFO.
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good overview of ethics for the CFO - clear examples were used
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good for me and served my needs as a continuing cpa and cia
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Anonymous Author
Easy to understand, well structured and very informative.
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Good refresher ethics course for anyone, not just a CFO.
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It was a great review of the ethics I learned in school!
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Anonymous Author
It doesnt make sense to force people to fill this out.
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A little slow....maybe more examples would be helpful.
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super slow. too basic for CPAs and those in finance.
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Anonymous Author
This course provide a good ethics overview for a CFO.
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Anonymous Author
Good overview. Realistic functions for a new CFO.
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Anonymous Author
Course was good but the presenter was very dull.
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Very plodding but covers the requisite topics.
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It was painfully slow and lacked enthusiasm
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Anonymous Author
Some information was off topic and boring
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Interesting topic and very philosophical.
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Anonymous Author
Extremely relevant to my everyday work!
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Anonymous Author
Excellent, very thorough. Thank you!
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Would have preferred a quicker speed
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Thank you for the valuable course.
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Great job. Concise information.
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Anonymous Author
Good overview of CFO ethics...
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examples of ethical situations
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Well put. Good for thought.
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Good material. Thank you.
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Plodding but thorough.
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Thought provoking
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Its a fair course
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Interesting topic
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Very Informative
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Course was good
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Good overview.
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Good overview
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Good summary
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Great review
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Common sense
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good course
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Anonymous Author
Good stuff.
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Good course
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good review
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Helpful
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Great!
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Great
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Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

Prerequisute: This course is for someone who is obligated to act as the Chief Financial Officer of any entity who is obligated to establish and carry out a system of ethical standards in the operation of the business.

Advanced Preparation: None

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Ethics and The CFO
  11:11The CFO Position
  12:38The Concept of Ethics That is Best Fit For The CFO
  15:40The Ethical CFO
  14:20Applying Ethics to The Work of The CFO
  8:52Sarbanes-Oxley and The Ethical CFO
Continuous Play
  1:16:01Ethics & the CFO
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Ethics & The CFO
  PDFEthics & The CFO Glossary/Index
REVIEW & TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM