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

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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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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