Ethics management strategies/ tactics: Lessons from nature

Ethics officer not only need to be capacitated in term of the knowledge of the ethics framework, but also need to develop the skills/ tactics that are key in driving and implementing an effective ethics programme. Even the most experienced ethics officer’s often have to draw solutions from other sources such as nature.

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Incentivising Whistleblowing – is it the right thing to do?

Whistleblowers serve private and public interests when they raise concerns about wrongdoing but how do we recognise those who choose to come forward? Should we offer financial rewards for their moral courage to stand up for what is right?

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Is your Board bored? - By Frank Navran

The King Committee on Corporate Governance launched the King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa – 2009 (King III Report) at an Institute of Directors (IoDSA) Conference, 1 September 2009. In that report the components of an “effective ethics program were detailed. The Board’s specific obligations regarding ethics oversight were presented in detail. Among those are the obligation to receive periodic reports from the responsible officials within the organization (e.g., ethics officers) regarding corporate practices and conduct.

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Assessing corporate culture

Assessing corporate culture

The following article, republished with permission from www.financialdirector.co.uk (click here for the original article), shows the growing understanding of the importance of corporate culture in organisational governance. It also sets out some challenges in assessing corporate culture. 

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Corruption: don’t talk, train

“Talking about fraud and corruption isn’t going to prevent it from happening,” says Professor Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA). “We need to train people in preventing unethical conduct.”

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Are young job seekers ethically discerning?

The workforce is currently composed of individuals from three generations: the ‘Baby Boomers’, Generation X and Generation Y. Generation Y are also referred to as ‘Millennials’, the ‘Dot.com Generation’, ‘Nexters’, the ‘Digital Generation’, ‘Generation E’, ‘EchoBoomers’ and ‘N-Gens’. Generation Y has been accepted as referring to any individual born from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. Donaldson (2012) by means of qualitative research and Syffert (2013) through a quantitative approach, investigated whether Generation Y job seekers consider the ethical reputation of prospective employers?

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Building ethical organisations: From mother’s perspective

As we celebrate mothers in the month of May, we pause to reflect on the pivotal role that mothers play in shaping society. Mothers are a pillar of strength at home, in society and in business. We draw important lessons from motherhood in order to understand how we should strengthen our organisations and inculcate values and principles in building ethical organisations.

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Social Networking in the workplace - is part of your organisation’s ethics programme?

Social media is a challenging topic because it crosses over so many ethics issues.  However, like any other ethics topic, it can and must be proactively managed for an organisation to safeguard its reputation and provide its employees with the tools to manage their own personal and business activities.

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Where is the best place for the ethics office?

 

In our website poll we recently asked the question “Where is the best place for the ethics office?” 

The largest portion of respondents (36%) believed that governance was the best home for the ethics function, followed by compliance (21%) and internal audit (13%).

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Ethics Brief 37: Compassion

While a computer search for definitions of “compassion” typically finds language that addresses awareness of the suffering of others and a desire to relieve it, in business leadership jargon that awareness is more often coupled with a perceived obligation to prevent whatever “suffering” might be inherent in the job, the organizational culture or the dealings employees have with each other, leadership, vendors/suppliers, competitors or customers.

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Should ethics and compliance be combined or separated?

The trend to combine ethics and compliance functions into a single function has accelerated in recent years; especially in the USA it has become common practice. The Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council regard it as one function without questioning it (Corporate Executive Board, 2013); the same stance is taken by the Ethics Resource Centre (Ethics Resource Centre, 2010). But is it the right thing to do?

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Three Ethical Habits for 2015

 

The year is barely a month old and we already have ample evidence of how easily societies can fracture. The escalating violence in West Africa perpetrated by Boko Haram, the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in France and, thankfully less dramatically, the Twitter storm that broke after President Zuma’s remarks in Cape Town as well as Zelda la Grange’s tweets from London, all graphically illustrate how different beliefs and opinions can pull nations apart.

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