New Demand for Ethics Guidance Sparks IMA to Open Free 'Ethics Hotline' To All U.S. Financial Professionals

    MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to an unprecedented need
 for businesses everywhere to maintain the highest ethical standards, President
 Margaret Butler of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) today
 announced that financial professionals can now get free, confidential guidance
 on ethical issues through the IMA Ethics Hotline.
     "Recent events in the business world demonstrate the need for more ethical
 guidance for financial professionals," said President Butler.  "We at the IMA
 are dedicated to maintaining excellence and integrity in our profession.  By
 opening our hotline, which was previously available only to our members, we
 will provide financial professionals everywhere with a new resource to provide
 guidance in making the right decisions."
     "When financial professionals call the toll-free hotline, their inquiries
 will be forwarded to an experienced ethics counselor, who provides
 confidential guidance," said President Butler.  "This hotline is particularly
 well-suited for small businesses and solo practitioners who need guidance on
 ethical issues."
     Financial professionals can call the hotline toll-free at 1-800-638-4427,
 x1662, or send their inquiry via e-mail to ethics@imanet.org.  The IMA does
 not record phone numbers or e-mail addresses.  Those who contact the hotline
 can be provided with a numerical code for identification, to maintain
 confidentiality.
     Butler also offered corporations the use of the Institute's Standards of
 Ethical Conduct for compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of
 2002.  First developed in 1983, the IMA's Ethical Standards serve as guidance
 for IMA's 67,000 members worldwide.  The Standards are available at:
 http://www.imanet.org/ethics.
 
      The major components of the IMA's Standard of Ethical Conduct are:
 
      -- Competence
      -- Confidentiality
      -- Integrity
      -- Objectivity
      -- Resolution of Ethical Conflict
 
     Last month, the IMA called upon financial professionals all over the world
 to reaffirm their pledge to conduct all financial affairs with the highest
 standards of professional ethics.
     The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is the leading professional
 organization devoted exclusively to management accounting and financial
 management. The IMA has 67,000 members, including 275 national and
 international chapters. The IMA provides members with career support and
 professional development through education programs, certifications,
 networking and leadership opportunities. More information about the IMA can be
 found at http://www.imanet.org.
 
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