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It’s Time to Reconsider the Term “Whistleblower”

NAVEX Global CCO Carrie Penman discusses how the derogatory meaning we’ve assigned the label “whistleblower” actually discourages the reporting we train and expect employees to do when they witness wrongdoing. For many years, I’ve been concerned that the term whistleblower — which admittedly has become ingrained in both the public and private sectors — will have a discouraging and detrimental...

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What Does “Business Ethics” Mean?

Michael Volkov posits a reasonable definition of business ethics – and outlines what it’s NOT – and offers a framework for going beyond determining whether a decision is “legal” and instead determining whether it is “right.” Forgive me for the title of this posting. I am trying to make a point; a rather obvious one. I confess: I did not take...

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How Does a Company Assess its Culture?

Is it possible for a company to get a true read on its own culture? Jay Rosen discusses what to consider and when engaging an independent third party might be the best option. How can a company assess its own culture? First, we should consider whether the company is able to perform a self-assessment of its own culture or whether...

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What is the CCO’s Role in Strengthening the Organization’s Culture of Ethics?

Who bears the responsibility for culture? Jay Rosen explores to what extent the Chief Compliance Officer should be involved in shaping a culture of ethics and driving ethical behavior. Let’s consider that there are multiple levels and roles for those within and outside of the corporate compliance function within an organization; they include the CCO, a compliance practitioner and the...

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What Factors Influence a Company’s Ethical Culture?

Jay Rosen considers what can influence an organization’s ethical culture, starting with senior leadership. Do your senior leaders practice what they preach? Employees can spot a disconnect from a mile away. A company does not have an ethical culture unless top management commits to it. Employees not only listen to what senior leadership says but they watch how they act....

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What Is Ethical Culture, and Why Does It Matter?

Culture exists in the space between what an organization professes and what it does. Jay Rosen explains why it’s important to pay attention to culture: disconnects can be quite costly. Over the past few months, senior leaders at both the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have given speeches discussing the need for appropriate corporate culture...

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Consequences of Low-Level Ethics at Google and Wayfair

Reputation risk expert Michael Toebe explores two recent high-profile cases of ethical oversights that have produced very real consequences in terms of social backlash, eroded public trust and harm to the companies’ internal reputations. Ethics are not intended to be fluid, yet it’s transparent that for some leaders and organizations that end up in the news, situational ethics are more...

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All Along the Watchtower: I Hear the Whistles Blow

Ingrained cultures of denials and threats – together with shifts in federal prosecution of organizations rather than individuals – continue to protect a highly entrenched culture of impunity at the top. Join Sandra Erez on a journey all along the watchtower accompanied by the pied pipers who puff and blow to bring the guilty down. His watchmen are blind, they...

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“Everybody Wants To Do The Right Thing.” Really?

A growing number of people these days do not seem to want to “do the right thing,” but rather “what they can get away with.” Celgene’s Calvin London discusses the significant effect this behavior can have on compliance culture. I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard someone say, “everyone wants to do the right thing.”...

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3 Ways to Address the Growing Democracy of Ethics

A single tweet or viral video can do irreparable reputational harm to a company. GAN Integrity’s CEO, Neil Lustig, discusses the democratization of ethics and how it impacts companies – take, for instance, the billions in fines Facebook faced recently. There are virtually no closed doors in businesses anymore. We have more transparency into businesses than ever before because of...

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How the EU Whistleblower Directive Can Help Enhance a Culture of Integrity

Following an April vote by the European Parliament, potential whistleblowers in the EU member states can expect greater protections. GAN Integrity’s Pauline Blondet discusses what businesses should do now to strengthen their ethics and compliance programs accordingly. The European Parliament recently approved an enhanced and unified whistleblower protection across the European Union’s member states. In order to be ready for...

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