It is becoming increasingly important that leaders need be more proactive in their approach to the ethical considerations of their roles, power and influence on their people and respective organizations…
I want to focus on three points which the compliance practitioner can glean from Armstrong’s career and interview and how that information can be used to create a more robust ethics and anti-corruption compliance program…
Risks change over time. Companies developing C&E plans for 2013 may wish to conduct a refresher risk assessment if they have not done so recently…
Recent campus scandals are seared in our minds and scars on our mantle. How could revered coaches and college officials ignore, cover-up, or otherwise bury bad news?
We know that a co-worker has taken sensitive information. Do we report this or not? Most people might want to report it but either don’t know who to speak with or have a hard time identifying whether or not this is truly something that needs to be reported.
Don’t forget that ethics training is part of a larger strategy to ensure all employees meet the organization’s standards. And getting employees to understand the rules governing them is only half the battle. We also have to motivate employees to meet those standards. To optimize the role of ethics training in achieving this, the trainer must be one part teacher, one part salesperson.
“I believe that every large institution, whether it’s company, a government or a university needs to have a conscience. The conscience won’t have the answer to every question, but the conscience is a voice that needs to be heard,” — Brad Smith of Microsoft Aristotle stated: “We are what we do.” That said, Thomas Aquinas [...]
In conducting internal investigations of suspected corrupt conduct occurring outside the United States, one of the challenges is developing a keyword search that will surface bribery in all of its myriad expressions. Beyond including local language translations, the “hit list” must also include local slang and culturally nuanced expressions, in addition to company and industry specific jargon in order to isolate responsive documents amongst the millions of documents often collected in these investigations.
Shareholders obviously have a financial interest in making sure that the corporation in which they invest is run profitably. From an ethical perspective, shareholders should also have an interest in making sure that their corporation is conducting business in a moral and ethical manner. While there may sometimes be a short-term tension between profits and ethics, ethical behavior should be viewed as being consistent with a desire to maintain long-term profitability and financial soundness.
A segment in the movie Courageous provided me with a striking visual image about a man’s ethics. At a point in the movie a young father is told that he is being considered for a job promotion. In the lead-up to this scene, it is obvious that his family’s financial stability hangs in the balance [...]