We must overcome narrow self-interest - Deon Rossouw

In Business we are in need of a much more inclusive capitalism. Across industries, but also within businesses, we need an approach to business success that will consider the interests of all stakeholders. No system can be sustained whilst the interests of some key stakeholders are systematically excluded or harmed.

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Honesty - Frank Navran

There Is More To It Than Simply Not Lying

“In managing the country store, as in everything that he undertook for others, Lincoln did his very best. He was honest, civil, ready to do anything that should encourage customers to come to the place, full of pleasantries, patient, and alert. On one occasion, finding late at night, when he counted over his cash, that he had taken a few cents from a customer more than was due, he closed the store, and walked a long distance to make good the deficiency.

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Courage - Just because it's right doesn't mean it's easy

NOTE: As the reader most likely knows, this article is part of a seven part series on the most commonly espoused organizational values. It may well be that courage is the most important of the seven. Absent courage, we might not choose to allow the other six to guide our actions and/or decisions when the outcome has significant consequences. Ethics starts with courage.

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Is it okay to bend the rules?

Liezl Groenewald

I recently conducted an ethics workshop for senior managers of a large company. During our discussions about the company’s ethical standards one of the managers asked whether it is okay to bend the rules from time to time if it is for the greater good of the company.

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Problems with prevailing ethics of regulation: An Opinion

Corporate South Africa is being force-fed an overdue diet of business ethics throug regulation but scant attention is paid to the ethics of regulation - whilst this should receive our undivided attention: Unethical conduct by a single corporation affects many people; a lack of regularoty ethics affects everybody.

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Prisoners of freedom

There’s something tragically and dangerously seductive in the latest “strugglers” war cry for “economic freedom”. Despite its magnetism, those who promote or slavishly follow it should understand its context and meaning to the same extent as someone has to understand the dangers of experimenting with heroin.

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Social and Ethics Committee

MANDATE AND TERMS OF REFERENCE OF SOCIAL AND ETHICS COMMITTEE
The Committee is constituted as a statutory committee of the Company in respect of those statutory duties assigned to it in terms of section 72(4) of the Companies Act of 2008.

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Truth be told: The hidden cost of transparency

I don’t know how she did it, but someone I was having lunch with for our first meeting, returned from the ladies with a short length of toilet paper hanging from the back of her pants. It took me a while to pluck up the courage to inform her.

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Are companies lying?

Often the most difficult question to answer is “why” – that three letter word that children can repeat relentlessly until you are driven to distraction, ending up either with “enough now!” or explaining Einstein’s theory of relatively.

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Real heroes - Jerry Schuitema

A salute to those who teach us that not everything in life is about transaction.

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Boards and Ethics

Organisations are social networks. They rely on the collaboration of various role players to survive and prosper. This is also the case for business.

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Why is honesty not the best policy?

At face value the saying, “Honesty is the best policy,” seems like sound advice, but if you really want to live a life of integrity, this saying may not be what you should be aiming at.

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