15 September 2017 - Prof Deon Rossouw
How to deal with ethical failure in organisations
Moral infallibility is a myth. As individuals, we all make ethical judgement errors and act unethically at times. If this is true of individuals, it is even more true of organisations. Organisations are complex systems, and we should therefore not be surprised when organisations commit ethical failures.
Although both individuals and organisations are likely to be involved in ethical failures from time to time, this should not lead us to conclude that ethical failures are excusable. They are not. They might be understandable in some cases, but they are not excusable.