In its recently released Diagnostic Overview, the National Planning Commission (NPC) identified corruption as one of the nine major factors that prevents South Africa from alleviating poverty and inequality and from achieving the objectives of the South African Constitution.
Ethical challenges for South African business - Mark Lamberti
For a business to survive and prosper, it must satisfy the reasonable requirements of all stakeholders. It follows from this simple premise that for an enterprise to be credible, each stakeholder must share a greater or lesser extent in the value it creates. This is easier said than done.
New UK Bribery Act to have impact around the world
On 1 July 2011 a new Bribery Act became effective in the United Kingdom. This new UK Bribery Act, which has already been described as "the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world", is likely to have an impact on business around the world.
Turning the tide of corruption in South Africa
How the Eastern Cape Province is meeting the challenge
Lifting the veil of negativity - the dark side of corporate governance. - Willem Punt
They say that there are three types of philosophers, the kind that can count and the kind that can\'t. So maybe I belong to the former when thinking about corporate governance, because something just does not add up.
No Virginia, There is No Such Thing As Independence - Frank J. Navran
Independence is a word that is getting a good deal of attention these days but I have yet to encounter a comprehensive discussion of what it means, couched in language that is useful to the typical business decision maker. What follows is an attempt at moving that dialog forward.
Nursing: The Profession of Caring - Willem A. Landman
It is a great honour for me to share this evening\'s celebration of some of South Africa\'s most exemplary nurses with you. People who have not been sick mostly have no idea of what it is like to be a nurse, or of how crucial nurses are for those dependent on their professional services.
A call for moral excellence - Praveen Naidoo
For organisations to foster a climate that encourages ethically exemplary behaviour, a more comprehensive approach is needed, going beyond a punitive, legal, compliance stance, by promoting self governance.
A rights perspective on the HIV/AIDS pandemic - Willem A. Landman
This workshop brings together three discourses about public health and HIV/AIDS, namely:
It all starts with values
Recently the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched its Vision 2050 project. Vision 2050 (available at www.wbcsd.org) is described as a view of the world “in which the global population is not just living on the planet, but living well and within the limits of the planet”.
Business Ethics Across the Atlantic
Joan Fontrodona, the Head of the University of Navarra, Graduate Business School feels that the Atlantic divide between European and North American approaches to business ethics is narrowing. In the past the values based and compliance approaches typical to the two continents respectively have operated largely exclusive of one another.
Ethics and values are no longer merely personal issues, write Dawn-Marie Driscoll and W. Michael Hoffman. They are organisational issues as well. Often the root of unethical behaviour is often systemic and not simply the result of rotten apples in the corporate barrel. Ethical people can be brought down by serving in a bad organization, just as people with questionable integrity can be uplifted, or at least neutralized, by serving in an organization with clear values.