WE'D like to think that all businesses adhere to strict ethics. Perhaps The Punt is naive in expecting such high standards, especially given the findings of a new study.
The Art of Ethical Leadership report issued by Chartered Accountants Ireland shows that 59pc of people believe that having a company code of conduct does not help shareholder value.
And even more staggering, more than 30pc of businesses don't have a code of ethics in place.
The study was trumpeted on release yesterday as showing that corporate codes of ethics are now playing a much more significant role in business governance in Ireland.
Ronan Nolan, vice president of Chartered Accountants Ireland, said business leaders were realising the moral and business impetus for a code of conduct.
That's great, but is it too much to ask for every business to carry out its work to a strict ethical standard?
It's the least we should expect from those providing a service.