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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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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When win is lose

We have lost our cool. And the cost is a lot more devastating than we may think.  The lack of patience or the prevalence of its evil opposite, impatience is not about those irrational moments when you lose it, kick the fridge and break your foot. It is about a way of life, or, as that old limerick would have it: “patience is a virtue; virtue is a grace and ….” You know the rest.

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Ethical companies: Is the reward ‘inside’?

Most people will say that they value ethical conduct in employers, but do we value this more or less than a big salary cheque? If you look at research it seems people are not totally mercenary in their job choices. A Kelly Services survey conducted among approximately 100 000 people from 34 countries found the following:

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World Forum in Lille, France on Responsible Economy

EthicsSA once again participated in this year’s edition of the World Forum on Responsible Economy in Lille, France. This three-day event brings together leaders to discuss how we can advance ‘the Responsible Economy’ through showcasing best practices adopted by companies all over the world.

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SA Whistle-blowing system tops – or is it?

Liezl Groenewald

South Africa’s whistle-blowing framework has received the highest possible rating of three stars in a report by global law firm DLA Piper for providing express protection to those making legitimate disclosures.

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A two faced business

Facts and fallacies about the business sense of survival or empathy.

All economic debate is based on assumptions about humanity. Yet surprisingly, despite our scant knowledge of ourselves, we are prepared to assume fanatical stances on economic theory to the point of risking violent conflict.

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