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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Update on the establishment of the Centre for Ethics in Angola

By Antonio Muhungo – CEO of Centre for Ethics in Angola (CEA)

As a result of the national Business Ethics conference jointly organized by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Angola (CCIA) and sponsored by SIEMENS Integrity Initiative, a significant number of local businesses realized the need to elevate the business culture to a better ethics mode.

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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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The art of building an ethical culture

By Phindi Twala

As a newly appointed Ethics Officer in my organisation, I was eager and ready to make a difference in the governance of my organisation. In my mind, I knew I had all the required knowledge in the field and was enthusiastic about developing systems and programmes that would miraculously change the culture in my organisation. Privileged to be mentored by experienced colleagues with vast knowledge on ethics and integrity management; my task was going to be easy.

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It’s about people, not policies

Kris Dobie  

I have spent much of my time at EthicsSA working on ethics management in an anti-corruption environment.  While the link between the two is obvious there is always the challenge that the ethics mind-set can be swallowed by the anti-corruption mind-set. In other words we can get so caught up in preventing that we forget about promoting.

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The struggle of the self

How a questionable assumption of human nature has polarised humanity.

- By Jerry Schuitema

It’s quite amazing how the great debate about economic systems, interactions and policies, comes down to one simple yet significant assumption about what truly motivates the human spirit and individual endeavour.

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Fairness

In the English language the definitions of “fairness” and “justice” are very similar but are not identical – something like fraternal (non-identical) twins.
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Off the Wall Ethics - Frank J Navran

I was invited to meet with the VP HR. As I approached their suburban headquarters I was impressed. The building was a gleaming new structure in a very modern office park. I was even more impressed when I entered the lobby – a three-storey, glass-ceilinged atrium – decorated with huge banners hanging from the dome in the colors of the rainbow. Each banner proclaimed a core value – Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Fairness and Accountability.
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Empowering Employees to Excell

The word empowerment has been gaining currency in management circles for the last several years. In this paper we will define empowerment in a different context. We argue that employee empowerment is an inappropriate focus. Employees are already empowered. The need in business today is to direct that power towards the accomplishment of the employing organization\'s goals and objectives.
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Gifts in the Public Service – The need for greater clarity and active management

EthicsSA was recently invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on the ‘Management and receipt of gifts in the Public Service’, hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC). It has long been known that the current Public Service rules on this issue are contradictory.
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The Power of Professionalism

That is the power of professionalization and illustrate why so many organizational “functions” are adopting the accouterments of the traditional professions – including a Code of Ethics, professional certification and continuing education.
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