The Ethics Institute, in partnership with the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the United Kingdom, launched its latest publication, entitled The Ethics and Compliance Handbook at its 7th Annual Conference in May 2017.
The need for such a publication arose from a global discussion about whether ethics and compliance were the same thing and could be combined in one function in an organisation, or whether they were different and should be separated. And which of the two would be more effective.
The authors of the handbook, Liezl Groenewald from TEI and Guendalina Dondé from the IBE, believe that while ethics and compliance may be two sides of the same coin, there are differences. These differences may end up defining the choices organisations make regarding their ethics and compliance functions.
This is the fourth in the Ethics Handbook Series developed by TEI.
The Ethics Institute started its Ethics Handbook Series in 2012 with the publication of The Social and Ethics Committee Handbook. This was followed by The Ethics Reporting Handbook in 2014 and the Ethics Risk Handbook in 2016. The Ethics and Compliance Handbook was released in 2017.
The South African Business Ethics Survey (SABES) 2016 is the fourth national business ethics survey that The Ethics Institute has conducted in the private sector in South Africa. We have interviewed 4 795 staff members of various listed and large South African companies to identify the state of ethics in corporate South Africa.
The findings of the survey were both expected and surprising. For example, 11% more employees have personally observed misconduct in the previous year than in 2013, and the percentage employees who reported it decreased with 16%.