Survey: Corporate Values Did OK During Pandemic

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We have another report this week studying how corporate ethics and compliance functions weathered the pandemic-induced challenges of 2020 — and overall, compliance officers were pretty chuffed about how their organizations held firm to ethical values despite difficult circumstances.  The study comes from LRN, which surveyed 650 ethics, compliance, and legal officers at organizations around…

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Corporate Ethics and Voter Suppression Laws

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I’ve long said that the standard corporate response to looming new legislation or regulatory moves is first to do nothing; then scramble and panic once the legislation or regulation comes to pass. Now we see Corporate America has held true to that strategy yet again, in response to Georgia’s voter suppression law.  By now you…

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Ethics Survey, Part II: Management Problems

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Today I want to return to the 2021 Global Business Ethics Survey, released last week by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative. There’s another theme in the data that we should explore, since it has significant implications for your compliance program’s risk assessment, training, and policies.  That theme: managers are more pessimistic about compliance and ethics…

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Report: Ethics Pressures Mounting on Employees

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A record number of U.S. workers say they feel pressure to cut ethical corners on the job, and a record number also say they have experienced retaliation after reporting corporate misconduct — and for both issues, those numbers have essentially doubled in just three years.   So says the 2021 Global Business Ethics Survey, a sweeping…

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2021 World’s Most Ethical Announced

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Ethisphere announced its 2021 list of World’s Most Ethical Companies today, and corporate ethics and compliance officers know what that means: a barrage of emails from the CEO and board asking, “Why aren’t WE on that list???” This year Ethisphere honored 135 companies from 22 countries and across 47 industries. We can’t name all 135…

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Trump, the Coup, and Corporate Ethics

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Corporate America might be hoping that the difficult issues raised by President Trump’s attempted coup this week and the remaining days of his term will somehow pass them by. Too bad.  What Trump has unleashed isn’t something businesses will be able to avoid. In several practical ways, dealing with Trump and his minions — both…

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On Ethics, Ethics Czars, and Success

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I recently watched The Oprah Conversation with Barack Obama about the writing of his new memoir, The Promised Land. Oprah Winfrey asked the former president about his eight-year scandal-free administration (tan suit excepted), and Obama reflected: “I am very proud of the fact that we didn’t have a whiff of scandal while we were in…

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Ethics and Employee Surveillance

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We have an interesting bit of research for compliance officers’ consideration today, exploring how companies can implement surveillance of employees working from home in a useful manner. Taking an ethical approach to the endeavor seems to be a key ingredient for success.  The findings were reported in the MIT Sloan Management Review last week. Researchers…

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Two Tales of Ham-Fisted Leadership

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One might assume that the leadership challenges facing Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook and Roger Goodell at the National Football League don’t have much in common — but when talking about inept leadership in modern times, some universal truths do indeed emerge. First, let’s recap each man’s leadership bungles individually. We’ll start with Zuckerberg. The spark…

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Wells Fargo, Part II: Leadership Fails

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Today we continue to examine the misconduct at Wells Fargo by examining the failures of leadership that allowed its unauthorized accounts scandal to happen. After all, poor leadership is the sort of dysfunction that could happen at any company, so what happened here is important to understand. In our first post about Wells Fargo earlier…

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