Ethics flashmob needed

What does a flashmob and industrial theatre have to do with building ethical organisations? According to some speakers at the 5th annual ethics conference held on 18 May at Gallagher Convention Centre, it is alternative creative approaches that will get the message of the importance of ethical conduct across.

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Building credibility for the sustainability agenda

 Three years ago on 1 May, the requirement in the new Companies Act for social and ethics committees came into effect.  It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that confusion reigned at the time. The Act and its enabling regulations were just not clear, and peoples’ aversion to change was complicated by genuine bewilderment.

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Ethics conference to show how to make ethics part of organisational DNA

16 April 2015
Organisations have to find ways of getting all their employees—and even their partners—to buy into their ethics. Without this universal buy-in, their businesses will continue to suffer the effects of unethical conduct. How to achieve this will be the subject of the forthcoming conference hosted by EthicsSA.

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Both government and citizens must act to improve tax morale

20 March 2015
In the wake of the first hike in personal income tax for 20 years the willingness of citizens to pay tax will be an indication of the strength of the social contract—the mutually beneficial agreement that commits government and citizens to work together to maintain a sustainable community.

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Zero tolerance: How to make sure it doesn’t backfire

Ethics Institute of South Africa
9 March 2015
Companies or institutions, particularly those who have suffered a scandal of some kind, often resolve on a zero-tolerance policy for unethical behaviour. But this policy is likely to backfire if the right approach isn’t adopted, says the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA).

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Three ethical habits for a healthy nation

28 January 2015
The year is barely a month old and already we have ample evidence of how easily societies can fracture. Rossouw argues that if we cultivate the following three ethical habits (or virtues), we will each be playing a role in creating a safer and more decent society.

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3 actions to reduce fraud in public and private sector

 4 November 2014

International Fraud Awareness Week offers South Africans an opportunity to reflect on why the many measures taken to combat fraud simply don’t seem to be delivering results. The reason, argues Professor Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA), is that the remedies proposed typically fail to integrate ethics.

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Size doesn't matter in fraud prevention

15 October 2014
While most business people can talk with ease about fraud and corruption, they have more difficulty talking about the ethical conduct that they would like to see in business. Very simply, business ethics revolve around actions that balance self-interests with the interests of others, and with the greater good. Taking or assigning responsibility for ensuring that business ethics is being practiced is however not as simple.

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Two Ethics Lessons from Nkandla

2 October 2014
The Public Protector’s report on Nkandla and President Zuma’s reaction thereto have highlighted two fault lines with regard to ethics.  The first fault line relates to the process for handling unethical conduct by a sitting president. The other fault line concerns the manner in which political authority figures react when their unethical conduct is exposed.

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African and Chinese business leaders forge new ties for better collaboration

17 September 2014

Business, government, civil society and academia each have important roles to play in strengthening and improving business ties between Chinese companies and the African communities in which they do business. That was the conclusion of delegates attending a three-day dialogue. Delegates identified several action points aimed at building better Sino-African business relations.

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We should be contributors to ethics – not consumers thereof

Prof Deon Rossouw
CEO: EthicsSA

A lack of ethics in public life has made South Africans appreciate the benefits of an ethical society, but we need to get rid of a consumer mindset when it comes to ethics. What we need to realise as a nation is that ethics is not something we can just ‘consume’ – we all have to collaborate in building an ethical society. We should all commit to playing our parts in building a culture of ethics in 2014.

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Africans negative about Chinese business impact

Ethics Institute of South Africa
18 February 2014

Africans are generally negative about the impact of Chinese business on the continent. This is the key finding from a long-awaited survey conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA).

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