Question: Ethical behavior is essential to the conduct of business activity

Ethical behavior is essential to the conduct of business activity. Consider each of the following business behaviors:
a. A manager prepares financial statements that grossly overstate the performance of the business.
b. A CPA resigns from an audit engagement rather than allow a business client to violate an accounting standard.
c. An internal auditor decides against confronting an employee of the business with minor violations of business policy. The employee is a former college classmate of the auditor.
d. An accountant advises his client on ways to legally minimize tax payments to the government.
e. A manager legally reduces the price of a product to secure a larger share of the market.
f. Managers of several large companies secretly meet to plan price reductions designed to drive up-and-coming competitors out of the market.
g. An accountant keeps confidential details of her employer’s legal operations that would be of interest to the public.
h. A recently dismissed accountant tells competitors details about her former employer’s operations as she seeks a new job.
Identify each behavior as ethical (E) or unethical (U).

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