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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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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ISO 26000 – Standard on the Implementation of Social Responsibility in an organisation

Each organisation is part of the society in which it operates and increasingly an organisation’s performance in and impact on this society has become more critical. Awareness amongst stakeholders regarding environmental and social issues, corporate scandals, more stringent regulations and investor demands all put pressure on organisations to critically look at their impact on the environment and the society.
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ALTRON SOCIAL AND ETHICS COMMITTEE

MANDATE AND TERMS OF REFERENCE OF SOCIAL AND ETHICS COMMITTEE
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