Promoting the highest levels of professional and ethical conduct is a key priority for CFA Society Emirates.

To provide support in this area, this page has links to a number of free resources available to not only our members but also to the public. The resources are designed to help members and their employers attain and maintain exemplary ethical standards and also be accessible to anyone who wants to learn more about ethics. The CFA Standards and Practice Handbook is free to anyone.

CFA Institute also has an online course available free for anyone designed to familiarize you with CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and reinforce ethical behavior in the global investment management industry. You need to set up a CFA Institute account to access the course.

Ethical Decision-Making For investment professionals

The ethical decision-making framework

What is the Standards of Practice Handbook?

The Standards of Practice Handbook  grounds the concepts covered in the Code and Standards for practical use. You can use this handbook for guidance on how to navigate ethical dilemmas you might face in your daily professional life.

Practicing our values

The Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct (“Code and Standards”) are the ethical benchmark for investment professionals around the globe, regardless of job title, cultural differences, or local laws.

What Does the Code and Standards Cover?

The Code of Ethics maintains that you must:

  • Place the integrity of the profession and the interests of clients above your own interests
  • Act with integrity, competence, and respect
  • Maintain and develop your professional competence

The Standards of Professional Conduct cover:

  • Professionalism and integrity of the capital markets
  • Duties to clients and employers
  • Investment analysis and recommendations
  • Conflicts of interest and your responsibilities

More information about CFA Institute Codes, Standards & Guidelines.

Market Integrity and Advocacy

CFA Society Emirates works with policy-makers, regulators, and standard-setters to promote fair and efficient markets, high standards in financial reporting and ethical standards across the investment profession. There is a volunteer committee supporting CFA Society Emirates advocacy programme.

More information about CFA Institute materials on Market Integrity and Advocacy.

Asset Manager Code

This voluntary code of conduct helps asset managers practice ethical principles that put client interests first.

How Do Investors Benefit from the Code?

Plan sponsors and other investors can easily identify which asset managers uphold the ethical foundation that resolves conflicts of interest in favor of investors. By adopting the Code, asset management firms signal their commitment to commonly held ethical principles.

Who Should Adopt this Code?

Asset management firms. Over 1,300 firms already claim compliance with the code. See the list of firms that claim compliance.