Reflecting on 2017: Annus horribilis or Annus mirabilis?

by Prof Deon Rossouw | Published on 29 November 2017 for The Ethics Institute monthl newsletter

This year was without any doubt an eventful and turbulent one. As we approach the final month of this year, one cannot help but reflect on whether it was a horrible year (annus horribilis) or a wonderful year (annus mirabilis).

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Survey feedback and next steps

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our membership survey, which was conducted during September 2017. We want to share the high-level findings thereof, as well as our proposed responses.

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The Ethics Practitioners' Association takes its first steps

On Friday, 8 September 2017, a group of people gathered in a medium-sized meeting room at Discovery’s headquarters in Sandton. No fanfare belied the auspiciousness of the occasion; no flashy marketing hinted at the calibre of attendees. In fact, the opposite is true: the launch of the Ethics Practitioners’ Association (EPA) was understated in every way.

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Siemens Integrity Initiative

Business networks and individual businesses seldom have the appropriate expertise to implement internationally developed anti-corruption and good governance guidelines, standards and initiatives, and are often unaware of their existence.
This project aims to capacitate African business networks with the implementation of anti-corruption initiatives and good governance practices

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The Anti-intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum (AEPF) Ethical Practices Survey 2017

 

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The power of consistency

© Frank J Navran

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in an essay entitled Self Reliance, first published in 1841, observed that: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by statesmen, and philosophers and divines.”

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The importance of transparency

While transparency was originally defined as a matter of corruption as it existed in the relationships between businesses and governments, it has become a broader, more generic term in the past twenty years.

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Sixth Annual Ethics Conference

The Ethics Institute held its  6th annual conference at the Wanderers in Johannesburg in May this year and it certainly provided, at least to this outside delegate, an intellectual spark to ignite the moral imagination.

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Reflections on some business ethics tensions within organisations

The Ethics Institute adopts the definition of organisational ethics as the balancing of what is good for the organisation with what is good for other stakeholders. As reflected in the Institute’s  new corporate identity and logo, the definition is encapsulated in the classic ethics triangle (good, self and other). 

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Implementing Organizational Ethics as a Change Process

Considering Ethics as an organizational behavior, it comprises of principles and values of individuals in the organizational context with a focus on individual and group processes and actions.

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Nobody is as blind as those who cannot bear to see – psychoanalytic perspectives on the management of emotions and moral blindness

Why do good people with seemingly high moral values do bad things? Even people who can distinguish between right and wrong and make the decision to do what is right, often opt to do what is wrong.

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Ethics Management in the Public Sector is gaining momentum

Ethics management in the public sector has come a long way since its early days as part of government’s anti-corruption initiatives. The requirements for promoting ethics in the public service are nothing new.  The Constitution refers to the values of Public Administration and the Public Service Code of Conduct requires heads of department to promote ethical behaviour.  There might however initially have been a sense that these things would take care of themselves. 

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