Integrity is an important Quaker value. It is not necessarily
about telling the truth all the time, for example many Quakers in the
Netherlands told lies in order to protect the safety of their Jewish friends. We
would recognise integrity as a quality where a person's response to a situation
can be completly trusted. Quakers would avoid acting from pure self interest.We
believe that God will enable use to discern the right ethical choices in these
situations and we trust to God's guidance for the route which helps us to
maintain our integrity.
Many banks have Quaker origins (Barclays and Lloyds).
The reason for this was the high regard that people had for honesty and
integrity of Quakers at a time when banking was often a profession occupied by
A challenge to Quakers comes from our own "Advices and Queries" where we
"Are you honest and truthful in all you say and do? Do
you maintain strict integrity in business transactions and in your dealings with
individuals and organisations? Do you use money and information entrusted to you
with discretion and responsibility?"
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