Ethics and Compliance Handbook Launched at 7th Ethics Conference

The Ethics Institute (TEI) in partnership with the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the United Kingdom, launched its latest publication, entitled The Ethics and Compliance Handbook, today at its seventh Annual Conference.

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Survey to provide insight into the 'state-of-ethics' in SA

The Anti-intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum (AEPF) has recently launched their first Ethics Perceptions Survey. This survey is designed to measure the perceptions of professionals regarding ethics in South African society, professions, and organisations.

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Why ANC members should vote their conscience in the no-confidence motion

As part of the dramatic about-turn that ANC officials opposed to the President’s cabinet reshuffle made on Wednesday 5 April, the Secretary-General of the ANC announced that Members of Parliament will oppose the motion of no-confidence in the President on 18 April. As part of his media briefing, he said that “no army general can allow his forces to be commanded by the enemy forces”. He made it clear that “No ANC member will vote on a motion of the opposition”

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Leadership commitment to ethics: A case study

Building an ethical culture in an organisation starts with the leadership of the organisation. Without strong and clear leadership commitment, any attempt to introduce an ethics management programme is doomed to failure. The positioning of leadership commitment within TEI’s framework for the governance of ethics is depicted in the figure below.

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Is Zuma immune to moral appeals?

Former President Motlanthe resurrected Ahmed Kathrada’s appeal to Zuma to step down as President of the country when he read Kathrada’s letter at his funeral. It was clear from the response of the overwhelming majority who attended Kathrada’s funeral, that his moral appeal to Zuma was widely shared.  Zuma’s response – or rather his lack of response – came as no surprise.

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Everybody should just do what they are supposed to do.

In light of the recent SASSA debacle, Kris Dobie reread King IV and suggests that CPS could do well to do the same. Around the dark cloud of poor judgement, he also finds a silver (or at least light Gray) lining. 

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Big Data and Business Ethics


How did Walmart know to dispatch extra strawberry Pop Tarts to their stores in the path of Hurricane Sandy? How did public health officials gain an understanding of Ebola’s extent throughout the region? The short answer to these questions is: Big Data analytics.

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KING IV: Focus on Ethical Leadership, not Ethics Management

The release of the King IV report earlier in November this year has once again raised South Africa’s status as a world-leader in corporate governance. As innovative as the earlier King Reports have been, what has been this Report’s most striking feature, according to Professor Deon Rossouw, CEO of The Ethics Institute, is that ethics has been elevated to an unprecedented level of prominence compared to the King III Report or any of its predecessors.

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Ordinary South Africans have not lost their moral compass, survey shows

The second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey, conducted by The Ethics Institute and sponsored by Massmart, asked among other things whether respondents had ever said no to paying a bribe.  The results show that half of the respondents have never been asked for a bribe, while 60% of those who have been asked have declined to pay at some point – mostly for moral or religious reasons.

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Morality might curb Mortality

Could there be a link between the mortality on our roads and the morality of road users and traffic officials?

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The Ethical Role of Lawyers

Ethics goes beyond the law - it requires an internalisation of values.

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The state of Organisational Ethics in South Africa

In a recent survey, 242 Chief Audit Executives were polled for their views on various aspects of corporate governance. The outcome of the survey was published in the fourth edition of the Corporate Governance Index 2016 – An Internal Audit Perspective. 

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