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.
No Virginia, There is No Such Thing As Independence - Frank J. Navran
Independence is a word that is getting a good deal of attention these days but I have yet to encounter a comprehensive discussion of what it means, couched in language that is useful to the typical business decision maker. What follows is an attempt at moving that dialog forward.
Nursing: The Profession of Caring - Willem A. Landman
It is a great honour for me to share this evening\'s celebration of some of South Africa\'s most exemplary nurses with you. People who have not been sick mostly have no idea of what it is like to be a nurse, or of how crucial nurses are for those dependent on their professional services.
A rights perspective on the HIV/AIDS pandemic - Willem A. Landman
This workshop brings together three discourses about public health and HIV/AIDS, namely:
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.
Rushworth Kidder on South Africa
Rushworth Kidder, the well known US ethicist and head of the Institute of Global Ethics, was recently in South Africa on a lecturing and fact-finding tour. He has been a regular visitor to these shores since the first democratic elections in 1994 and in this interview with EthicSA he reflects on being a \'hopeless fan\' of a country that has a lot more going for it than is generally acknowledged, he said in an EthicSA interview.
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.
Kevin Wakeford shares his thoughts on globalisation
Kevin Wakeford, the CEO of the SA Chamber of Business said that the tendency by many anti-globalisation activists to vilify the private sector is generally based on a simplistic and monolithic understanding of modern business. Whilst there are issues that need to be urgently addressed in the globalisation debate, an adversarial approach should be replaced by an attitude of partnership, he said in an interview with EthicSA.
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.
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.