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I read somewhere that MBB have a “moral veto” clause where any consultant can opt out of a case if it violates their own sense of morality. An example might be a vegan taking on a meat processing client. Can anyone verify? Is this formalised or just a cultural thing?

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Yes you can opt out of a case on ethical grounds. Idk if formalized but you can just bring it up to your staffer

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Definitely an option at BCG.

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This exists at Bain but to my knowledge isn’t a formal thing. Rather, you can just let staffing know that you’d prefer not to work at company X for reason Y. I’ve heard of people opting out of cases with both tobacco and gun clients, but I don’t think it’s used often. If it’s a company that’s seemingly less controversial then it might be tougher. For “controversial” clients, I assume staffing knows this could potentially be a minor issue when they’re putting a team together. Overall, it’s not a big deal.

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One of the examples you had is very real: I’ve turned down studies that didn’t align with my beliefs - one was for a financial company run by a specific church and I asked the leadership where that company stood on LGTBQ+ rights and when I didn’t get a clear cut answer after a few days, I decided best not to go against my ethics.

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Yes this exists. You always have a choice to turn down studies.

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No one forces you to staff on any project. You can opt out of a project just because you don’t like it, it doesn’t have to violate a moral code.

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You always have a choice and no one will pushback. I’ve only seen one time it was even raised as a possible issue. That colleague was quite hard to staff because they seemed to have moral/ethical objections across multiple sectors and topics. It was still be respected, it just forced a conversation about whether their sincerely held beliefs were compatible with having a career in consulting.

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