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".
Ethical Risk Management - Willem Punt
Before the Second World War words like \'safety and \'quality\' control were simply not part of recognised business vocabulary. Yet today it is considered standard business practice to formally and consciously manage the safety of stakeholders as well as the quality of products and services.
Parmalat - milking the CSR cow. - Willem Punt
Human beings are the only mammalian specie that regularly drinks milk beyond infancy. Think about it - this is strange. What is downright weird is that we quaff down billions of litres of the stuff produced by the lactic glands of other mammalians species and not even our own! Yet, dare I ask, who of us will raise the issue of adult human milk consumption during dinner at the in laws?!
Director remuneration - towards what is right, good and fair. - Willem Punt
With exorbitant director remuneration making the news repeatedly in the last few months, an international weekly recently called for a stick to beat steeply escalating director remuneration back into shape.
Ethics not an optional extra - Willem A. Landman
Business ethics have never been higher on the public agenda than now, writes Willem A Landman, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa. He says catastrophic corporate failures caused by unethical individual behaviour, ethically weak corporate cultures and dubious accounting or auditing practices have eroded investor confidence in markets worldwide and wiped out pension reserves.