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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At sea without a moral compass

How long can we continue to tolerate blatant and destructive hypocrisy?

When it comes to our economic destiny, behaviour will always trump rules, systems and plans. Or, as Public Protector Thuli Madonsella told a TV interviewer recently, the ethical will always prevail over the legal.

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Corruption Initiatives often start with the private sector

Should we always bribe to get things done? Not true, says Deon Rossouw, Chief Executive Officer of Ethics Institute of South Africa. Global changes are happening, making things more difficult for the corrupt. And, he warns, we should also not work on the basis of assumptions.

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The value of shared values

Just how important is it to people to work for an ethical company?

Two recent polls on EthicsSA’s website and a host of other research suggest that people find it extremely important.   

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Ethics and culture

People who are challenged about the ethics of their conduct, sometimes respond by claiming that “it is my culture”, and the culture at issue may, for example, be “African culture”, “Afrikaner culture”, “Zulu culture”, or “Western culture”.

Can the ethics of our conduct be justified by an appeal to our culture?

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Findings of the South African Business Ethics Survey

The Ethics Institute recently completed its third survey of business ethics in South Africa. The first survey of this kind was done in 2002, and the second survey in 2010.

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The status of reporting misconduct in corporate South Africa

By Liezl Groenewald

The 2013 South African Business Ethics Survey (SABES) found that 14% of corporate South Africa’s employees have personally observed misconduct in 2012.  This is a statistically significant decrease from the 18% who observed misconduct in 2009 when EthicsSA conducted a similar study (the South African Corporate Indicator 2009).

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Making sense of SABES results

In releasing the results of the 2013 South African Business Ethics Survey (SABES), Prof Deon Rossouw noted that most measures showed significant improvement over the three years since the 2010 survey. However, he noted that there was no significant shift in the ethical culture of companies, despite the advances in ethics management made over the last three years.

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