The Ethics Institute (TEI) in partnership with the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the United Kingdom, launched its latest publication, entitled The Ethics and Compliance Handbook at its 7th Annual Conference in May.
The need for such a publication arose from a global discussion about whether ethics and compliance were the same thing and could be combined in one function in an organisation, or whether they were different and should be separated. And which of the two would be more effective.
The authors of the handbook, Liezl Groenewald from TEI and Guendalina Dondé from the IBE, believe that while ethics and compliance may be two sides of the same coin, there are differences. These differences may end up defining the choices organisations make regarding their ethics and compliance functions.
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The Ethics Institute started its Ethics Handbook Series in 2012 with the publication of The Social and Ethics Committee Handbook. This was followed by The Ethics Reporting Handbook in 2014. The choice of making the Ethics Risk Handbook (2016) the next publication in the series was logical in light of the above developments.
Ethics management in an organisation is never an isolated exercise. On the contrary, effective ethics management presupposes close collaboration with governance structures and other management functions in organisations. In the case of ethics risk assessment, the obvious governance structures that come into play are the ethics committee and the risk committee of governing bodies. As far as management functions are concerned, collaboration with the organisational risk management function is not only unavoidable, but of crucial importance in effective ethics risk assessment.
Given the importance of collaboration between the ethics management function and the organisational risk management function, The Ethics Institute partnered with the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) in the preparation of the manuscript of The Ethics Risk Handbook. The project team was directed by Dr Leon van Vuuren from The Ethics Institute, who was also the principal author of The Ethics Risk Handbook
EthicsSA is proud to announce its involvement in a new anti-corruption initiative.
The Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum (AEPF) was launched on 28 January 2015 at the IoDSA in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The Forum was established in May 2014 by eight professional bodies who share a common concern about the rising levels of corruption in the country and the concomitant increase in the intimidation of the ‘guardians of governance’ i.e. professionals who work in fields such as auditing, risk management and governance.
The AEPF aims to educate members of professional bodies on how to follow correct procedures to blow the whistle on corruption, and the remedies available to them when they are intimidated for exposing wrongdoing within their organisations. Members will also work together to strengthen ethical standards in the professional arena and lobby for changes that will accord greater protection for whistle-blowers. The Forum will also work closely with the offices of the Auditor-General, National Treasury, the Public Protector and Corruption Watch, amongst others, in its quest to mobilise professionals against crime.
For more information go to: www.aepf.co.za
The South African Business Ethics Survey (SABES) 2016 is the fourth national business ethics survey that The Ethics Institute has conducted in the private sector in South Africa. We have interviewed 4 795 staff members of various listed and large South African companies to identify the state of ethics in corporate South Africa. The findings of the survey were both expected and surprising. For example, 11% more employees have personally observed misconduct in the previous year than in 2013, and the percentage employees who reported it decreased with 16%.
Our new Corporate Identity
In line with trends, moving into simplicity of organisational naming and corporate identity, we are excited to introduce the face of the newly named “The Ethics Institute”. The Ethics Institute of South Africa has provided a robust springboard that has seen us expand far beyond the borders of South Africa – with the expansion now represented in our new name.
Our new identity sees a shift to cobalt blue with the inclusion of vibrant green, representing the vital role that ethics plays in sustainability of organisations, communities and society at large. The powerful square image talks to stability while the triangular “acronym” – TEI - in the top corner of the logo represents the cornerstone of the “triangle” which is fundamental to our ethos. This visual component of our new identity represents Good, Self and Other.