Compliance and ethics often go hand in hand, but being in compliance doesn’t necessarily mean your organization is a bastion of ethical behavior. Fraud is unsettlingly common, and we’re not talking about the petty stuff. Having a deeply embedded ethical culture can protect against misconduct that comes with six-figure (or higher!) losses, causes significant reputational damage and ...
When it comes to compliance, the best investment a company can make is to create and promote an ethical culture. Dollar for dollar, communicating this message is the money well spent. A CEO has to commit time and effort to the program. If the CEO does not want to commit, the job will be much harder. ...
March 10th was the 101st anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman. She was one of the greatest conductors on the Underground Railroad, which took slaves out of the old south and up to freedom in the north and into Canada. I read about her as a child and her story always moved me.
Thanks to Edward Snowden, whistleblowers have been a hot media topic lately. Snowden represents a pretty unique case, but the reality is that many companies deal with whistleblowing and its legal implications.
I was reading a book the other day and came across this question: Which matters more: intention or action? It stopped me in my tracks, and I had to stop reading to ponder this question for a while.
When it comes to predicting ethics and compliance trends and events for the new year, I admit I needed some help. So I reached out to two leading specialists in the industry, Donna Boehme and Michael Scher.
We all come to work with our own moral code and set of values. But sometimes we have trouble voicing them when someone in a position of power asks something that, in our personal lives, we’d see as “wrong.”
A few years ago, I developed an interactive workshop for the purpose of illuminating fundamental principles of moral accountability and moral discernment. The workshop begins with a variant of the runaway trolley ...
Ethics forms the foundation for everything that needs to happen in any organization, but it should not be measured, nor rewarded.
Last year I spent a day at the Air Force Academy. We saw evidence of the Cadet Honor Code: “We will not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”