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Professional Ethics

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Understanding the role and practices of ethics is essential for business professionals.

This is a PwC course. In association with PwC, the University of Auckland Executive Education team is pleased to showcase PwC’s specialist course topics in our Short Course portfolio.

Our professional ethics training course gives you a better understanding of the NZICA's Code of Ethics (COE) to help you resolve conflicts.

The highest standards of ethics are essential in today's business. This seminar will reference NZICA's Code of Ethics (COE) and provide frameworks to address real life situations. The webinar will be presented by Todd Stevens (Partner) and Sandy Lau (Director), experienced members of PwC's Ethics and Business Conduct Committee.

Topics covered

Particular topics to be covered include:

  • The role of ethics in today's business world and in particular the accounting profession.
  • The fundamental principles in the COE and how they apply in practice.
  • Frameworks for resolving conflict.
  • Dealing with difficult situations - real life examples.
  • Social media challenges.

Professional ethics via Webinar

Our webinars are an easy and convenient way to meet your ethical training requirements. Our 4 hour seminar is split into two webinars, each for two hours, on consecutive days.

Webinar Session 1

  • Introduction to business ethics.
  • Reflections on your own personal style.
  • Work place culture.
  • NZICA's Code of Ethics, and the fundamental principles.
  • Practical case studies.

Webinar Session 2

  • NZICA's Code of Ethics.
  • Threats and safeguards.
  • Conflicts of interest.
  • Fees, marketing, gifts, appointments.
  • Framework for ethical decision making.
  • Practical case studies.
  • Social media challenges.

Who should attend

All professionals, especially NZICA members looking to meet their requirements of undertaking four hours of ethical training.


Todd is a born and bred Wellingtonian, where he is a Partner specialising in tax advice on financing, investment decisions, compliance issues and Inland Revenue investigations. He regularly engages with Officials on tax policy matters, having been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Z...
Sandy is a Director in our Wellington office. She has over twelve years of experience working in tax, providing tax compliance and advisory services to a number of large corporate clients on areas such as international tax, investment structuring (domestic and cross-border), and the application o...
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