OPINION: Is the ethical tide about to turn – here’s hoping

2019-12-08 09:00

In November 2019, the South African Corporate Governance Index reported a slight improvement in the perceptions of organisational ethics in the country. This is somewhat startling, as it bucks the trend of recent years, writes Deon Rossouw .

When tax planning becomes tax avoidance - experts weigh in

2019-08-20 06:00

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants is looking into whether aggressive tax planning is ethical, even if it is legal.

Many South Africans afraid to blow the whistle on misconduct - survey

2019-06-28 14:10

There seems to be an increase in the number of South Africans who say they have personally seen misconduct, a survey by The Ethics Institute shows.

Solly Moeng: Corruption is fixed from the top down

2019-06-12 06:02

Leadership is not a popularity contest, and research shows ethics come from the top down, says Solly Moeng.

5 ways SA can clean up its organisations

2019-06-11 06:00

Ethical culture in SA corporates is still developing but there are several interventions for it to improve, research finds.

Must the president be a moral leader?

2019-02-19 08:21

Why should anyone expect a president to demonstrate certain virtue? If someone is good at the job of political leadership, must they demonstrate exceptional moral character as well, asks Michael Blake.

Worst-ever score for corporate governance in SA - index

2018-11-01 21:42

A scandal-ridden year served up a dismal report card for SA, with the worst-ever score for ethics, compliance and assurance since the Corporate Governance Index's inception five years ago.

The Nene case: An ethical mixed bag

2018-10-11 05:00

The case of Nhlanhla Nene is a reminder that we need to apply more nuance in our assessment of ethical failures. This is something that does not come naturally where binary thinking reigns supreme, writes Deon Rossouw.

Spring cleaning our democratic institutions

2018-09-04 11:25

There is a growing consensus in our society that our social ills can only be tackled in a sustainable way by creating an environment that promotes greater consciousness about who we are as citizens, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

The leader’s role in getting culture right

2018-07-23 09:25

Leaders are pivotal in building a company’s culture. The ESAR model, which Jim Ware – founder of Focus Consulting Group – explains in this article provides them with a structure to do so.


Government gets an F for ethics in new report

2019-11-21 18:15

Within national government, just 14% of chief audit executives said ethics were important in their organisation, while local municipality scored the lowest of all sectors in terms of compliance, according to the latest Corporate Governance Index.

'Delighting' clients undermine accounting industry's moral courage - KPMG SA chair

2019-08-14 10:25

"Delighting" clients has become the primary aim for accounting firms and this undermines their moral courage, says KPMG SA chair Wiseman Nkuhlu.

Sanef launches inquiry into media ethics

2019-06-24 20:43

The South African National Editors' Forum confirmed the launch on Monday of an Inquiry into Media Ethics, with a panel of commissioners headed by retired judge Kathleen Satchwell.

Ethical business starts at the top and SA has work to do, survey finds

2019-06-11 08:30

The old adage that a fish rots from the head appears to be true, according to research from the South African Business Ethics Survey for 2019 - and SA still has some work to do.

French fashion group Kering pledges to only hire models older than 18

2019-05-16 10:41

Kering, which owns fashion brands Gucci and Saint Laurent, said on 15 May it would only work with models over 18 to represent adults from 2020. The group's chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault said in a statement the company has a "responsibility" for the "best possible practices" and hopes others in the industry will follow suit.

It’s not all about the money

2018-11-22 10:44

Yes, profits are good. But also consider the impact of ethical practices before investing in a business.

An entrepreneur's guide to running a clean business

2018-10-15 06:46

Though indiscretions at Steinhoff, McKinsey and KPMG shone a spotlight on unethical business practices, research shows that some small businesses are just as bad, and using smarter ways to conceal it, says Jannie Rossouw.

How to grow a moral economy

2018-09-09 06:21

This week, our economy entered a technical recession. However, our moral recession has long been the new normal, says Gayle Edmunds.

See if you can solve the type of ethics and critical thinking puzzles Elon Musk's secretive LA private school asks students

2018-08-26 20:25

The "Conundrums" series involve open-ended critical thinking and ethics challenges around issues such as property rights.

What drives trust?

2018-07-17 11:24

Companies in the financial services sector are the least trusted in the economy. Addressing this loss of confidence, does not have to be complex.

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