Khoza controversy points to need for ethics of debate

Media Release
EthicsSA
17 April 2012

Reuel Khoza’s remarks on the quality of South Africa’s political leadership in the chairman’s report in the Nedbank Inegrated Report has provoked a firestorm of reaction from government and African National Congress (ANC) officials. But, says the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA), the quality of the reaction indicates that the country also needs to pay attention to the way it conducts debates.

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E-tolling Saga: Ethical conduct key to successful protest

Media release
EthicsSA
4 May 2012

Judge Prinsloo’s interdict has dealt e-tolling on Gauteng’s highways a blow, and will remain in force until the court has considered the question fully. Some commentators are even predicting that  government will now seek alternative funding methods. In any event, protests against e-tolling have shown the power of an aroused citizenry.

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Davidson's return reignites end-of-life decision-making debate

Media Release
EthicsSA
17 May 2012

Prof Sean Davison served five months’ home detention in New Zealand, punishment for helping his terminally ill mother to die—at her own request. He now returns to his wife and family in Cape Town and is expected to play a key role in helping to reignite a debate that has, for too long, been dormant in South Africa.

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Unethical leaders threaten ideal of the rainbow nation

Media Release
EthicsSA
28 May 2012

“Ethics is a make-or-break factor for the dream of a rainbow nation,” observed Professor Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA).

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Economic inequality greatest cause of unethical conduct in SA

Media release
EthicsSA
5 June 2012

Earlier in May, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation’s 11th SA Reconciliation Barometer was released. One of the main conclusions of the research was that income inequality now surpasses race as a dividing factor in South African society. In fact, 32% of those surveyed believed that disparities in income keeps South Africans divided, as opposed to the 20% who saw race as the main divider.

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Social and Ethics Committees are proving their worth

Media Release
EthicsSA
13 June 2012

When they were first mandated by the new Companies Act, social and ethics committees tended to be seen as yet another burden for corporate South Africa. Indications are, however, that leading companies are embracing social and ethics committees as a positive corporate governance reform.

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Gum-chewing and textbooks: Two dimensions of the ethical challenges south africa faces

Media Release
EthicsSA
23 July 2012

Gum-chewing on the Gautrain and the non-delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools: two stories making headlines in both traditional and social media. Perhaps more importantly, commentators on social media are linking the two, in particular the scale and swiftness of the consequences each infraction has elicited.

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Marikana points tot he need for social responsibility commitments to be applied to wider range of stakeholders

Media Release
Ethics Institute of South Africa
28 August 2012

“The tragedy at the Marikana mine shows that, as a nation, we need to broaden the scope of social responsibility beyond corporations to include other institutional role-players,” says Professor Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA). “

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Three make or break factors to get corporate ethics right

Media Release
EthicsSA
15 October 2012

Research by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) strongly suggests that three factors underlie the inability of many organisations to manage their ethics effectively. Conducted every thrid year, EthicsSA’s National Business Ethics Survey is an in-depth survey of a wide range of South African companies to gauge their ethical organisational cultures.

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Moral Legitimacy of Capitalism Challenged

Opinion Piece
Ethics Institute of South Africa
27 October 2012

Does the current wave of violent unrest in the mining sector signal that capitalism is close to losing its moral legitimacy—and how can it refurbish its image?
By Deon Rossouw, CEO, Ethics Institute of South Africa.

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EthicsSA launches Social & Ethics Committee Handbook

Media Release
Ethics Institute of South Africa
5 November 2012

The new Companies Act’s requirement that certain companies must have a social and ethics committee became a reality on 1 May 2012. While some companies were reluctant adoptees of the new committee, others willingly embraced it. However, companies from across this spectrum express some confusion about the actual roles and responsibilities of the committee, and how it should operate.

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Fighting corruption is a collective effort-ethicssa

Media Release
EthicsSA
14 November 2012

Many role-players contribute to the corruption that plagues South Africa, and efforts to control it will need to involve all of them, says the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA). “Corruption partially negates the great efforts and large sums of money that government and civil society are expending to improve living conditions,” says Kris Dobie, Manager: Organisational Ethics Development at EthicsSA.

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