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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Ethics Interactive Workshop - “Greater Tubatse Municipality”

10 - 11 June 2013

During the second week of June 2013, we were warmly welcomed in Burgersfort to facilitate our municipal integrity and anti-corruption project at the Greater Tubatse Municipality.

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Launch of the Angolan Principles for Responsible Business and ‘O Centro de Etica de Angola’

28 May 2013 was a historic day for Angola. On this day, the Principles for Responsible Business for Angola were launched, as well as ‘O Centro de Etica de Angola’ (Ethics Centre of Angola). 

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Ethics Interactive Workshop in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality

EthicsSA’s project on local government anti-corruption continued in May through the “ethics interactive workshop” awareness and training programme.

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Ethics Interactive Workshop “eMalahleni Municipality”

12, 18 -19 March 2013

The Ethics Institute of South Africa, as part of its project on ethics and anti-corruption in local government, conducted workshops at the eMalahleni Local Municipality.

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National Anti-Corruption Pact in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

EthicsSA took recently part in a seminar, on request of his Excellency the Prime Minister of the DRC, the Private Sector Anti-Corruption working group in the DRC and the UK Embassy Kinshasa, to develop  a ‘National Anti-Corruption Pact between the private and the public sector in the DRC’.

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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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