Economy casts damper on ethical performance

While awareness of corporate ethics codes has increased, there has been a drop in the number of persons reporting ethical misconduct. This is probably because South African companies are investing fewer resources in improving their ethics performance and, as a result, ethical business practices are still not well-embedded into the organisational culture of corporate South Africa.

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Only ethical courage will end Nkandla saga

In welcoming the historic ruling by the Constitutional Court in the Nkandla matter, the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) says that the damage caused to the country will only be repaired if leaders admit they erred, and recommit themselves to the foundational values of the Constitution.

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Back up your story with facts; not stereotypes

The current social media storm on racism demonstrates yet again how dangerous stereotypes are, and how easily they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. To prevent these inaccurate but powerful stories from setting the national agenda, South Africans must consciously tell a different story - backed up by the facts.

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Promoting integrity in municipal procurement

The Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) has released a booklet designed to help businesses understand the municipal procurement process, and what their rights are if they suspect irregularities.

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Bribery: Not everyone does it.

A recent survey of ordinary South Africans conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) and sponsored by Massmart-Walmart gives a fresh view on everyday bribery in the country.    

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How to root out bribery and corruption…and why you should want to

Bribery and corruption pose a number of risks for companies, not the least of which is its effect on performance. 

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Top three challenges in reducing fraud and corruption

Being too ethical, human nature, and transforming ethics risks into change opportunities are three major challenges in reducing fraud and corruption. These challenges were highlighted at the recent 8th annual Ethics Officer Learning Forum.

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Lessons from Nkandlagate

As allegations of fraud and corruption rise, both public and private sector organisations need to know how to act when accused of unethical conduct. Important lessons on how to handle a scandal can be learned from Nkandlagate.

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Young South Africans can still make their world a happy place

Youth Day commemorates the brave young people who took a stand against injustice in 1976. Important as that commemoration is, we must use this day to remind ourselves that that today’s youth face their own challenges when it comes to building better lives and a better South Africa. Doing this means equipping themselves to make the right ethical choices in their own lives, including at the workplace.

 

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Ethics flashmob needed

What does a flashmob and industrial theatre have to do with building ethical organisations? According to some speakers at the 5th annual ethics conference held on 18 May at Gallagher Convention Centre, it is alternative creative approaches that will get the message of the importance of ethical conduct across.

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Building credibility for the sustainability agenda

 Three years ago on 1 May, the requirement in the new Companies Act for social and ethics committees came into effect.  It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that confusion reigned at the time. The Act and its enabling regulations were just not clear, and peoples’ aversion to change was complicated by genuine bewilderment.

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Ethics conference to show how to make ethics part of organisational DNA

16 April 2015
Organisations have to find ways of getting all their employees—and even their partners—to buy into their ethics. Without this universal buy-in, their businesses will continue to suffer the effects of unethical conduct. How to achieve this will be the subject of the forthcoming conference hosted by EthicsSA.

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