In its recently released Diagnostic Overview, the National Planning Commission (NPC) identified corruption as one of the nine major factors that prevents South Africa from alleviating poverty and inequality and from achieving the objectives of the South African Constitution.
A rights perspective on the HIV/AIDS pandemic - Willem A. Landman
This workshop brings together three discourses about public health and HIV/AIDS, namely:
New UK Bribery Act to have impact around the world
On 1 July 2011 a new Bribery Act became effective in the United Kingdom. This new UK Bribery Act, which has already been described as "the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world", is likely to have an impact on business around the world.
Business Ethics Across the Atlantic
Joan Fontrodona, the Head of the University of Navarra, Graduate Business School feels that the Atlantic divide between European and North American approaches to business ethics is narrowing. In the past the values based and compliance approaches typical to the two continents respectively have operated largely exclusive of one another.
Ethics and values are no longer merely personal issues, write Dawn-Marie Driscoll and W. Michael Hoffman. They are organisational issues as well. Often the root of unethical behaviour is often systemic and not simply the result of rotten apples in the corporate barrel. Ethical people can be brought down by serving in a bad organization, just as people with questionable integrity can be uplifted, or at least neutralized, by serving in an organization with clear values.
A call for moral excellence - Praveen Naidoo
For organisations to foster a climate that encourages ethically exemplary behaviour, a more comprehensive approach is needed, going beyond a punitive, legal, compliance stance, by promoting self governance.
It all starts with values
Recently the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched its Vision 2050 project. Vision 2050 (available at www.wbcsd.org) is described as a view of the world “in which the global population is not just living on the planet, but living well and within the limits of the planet”.
The ethics of end-of-life medical care
In August 1999, the South African Law Commission (SALC) published its second report on end-of-life decisions. Acting on the instruction of then President Nelson Mandela, the SALC extensively investigated international legal and ethical developments regarding the treatment of terminally ill patients. It looked at pain management, terminal sedation, withholding and withdrawal of life support, advance directives (living will and durable healthcare power of attorney), physician-assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia.
Auditing an organisation\'s ethics - Willem Landman
In an organisation, ethics needs to be institutionalised and operational. The King II Report, drawing from other standard-setting documents, gives practical guidance in this regard, with a view to building an ethical organisational culture.
Kevin Wakeford\'s response to the Myburgh Commission
Kevin Wakeford, the CEO of the SA Chamber of Business who set in train the events that led to the appointment of the Myburgh Commission into the decline of the Rand and who generally has been pilloried by business for doing so, said in a feisty interview with EthicSA that he has no regrets over what he did.
Business ethics - how do we know it works? - Willem Punt
When organisations consider investing in organisational ethics management and the creation of an Ethics Office, a standard request is: "Please quantify the reduction in risk/how much money it will save".
The Social Value of Ethical Leadership - Willem Punt
When we think of reasons why organisations should cultivate a good ethical culture, we often hear the pragmatic imperative "good ethics is good business" but in this short piece I would like to explore the social imperative "why building an ethical culture in your organisation is a vital contribution towards securing a safe political future for us all".