Patricia Harned

12 May, 2021

Ethics chief Patricia Harned: ‘Retaliation has a silencing effect on culture’

Retaliation at work against whistleblowers is “off the charts,” during the pandemic, according to the leader of the biggest business ethics body in the US. Patricia Harned, chief executive of t...
Businessman surrounded by news reporters

1 April, 2021

What scandal is waiting to be exposed at your company?

If you are like most people, you regularly peruse the Wall Street Journal, taking in the reports about market trends, investor activities and/or political moves that could impact your company...
Digital spy coming out of a laptop

29 January, 2021

Big boss is watching: the pros and cons of employee surveillance

Remote working has become a norm in the pandemic, but concern has been growing that many workers tapping away at their laptops may also have a spy in their living rooms or bedrooms: their bosses. A...
Team working from home due to Covid-19

14 December, 2020

Hybrid working requires new technology and HR strategies

I still remember vividly the first day of my career in the late 90s. Walking into the marble entrance hall of my accounting firm employer, fountains tinkling, receptionists immaculately dressed. I asc...
Rio Tinto regional HQ in Perth, Western Australia

11 December, 2020

Australian parliamentary report slams Rio Tinto board and culture

There’s no way of getting around it. The destruction in May of the Juukan Gorge caves in Pilbara, Australia, by Rio Tinto iron ore workers was an outrage and dug one of the deepest reputational hole...
Board meeting in a forest

11 December, 2020

It’s time for sustainability to be the big issue in the boardroom

The European Commission’s recent motion for a European Parliament resolution to set out concrete obligations on sustainable governance for companies, and a new framework for defining company directo...
Boardroom with modern chairs

20 November, 2020

UK companies ‘need to go further’ on LGBTQ+ inclusion

This week the spotlight turned on LGBTQ+ people in business and whether they are treated fairly by companies. A report from the UK’s governance regulator concludes that many firms "need to go much f...
Businessman and his shadow with a growing nose

2 November, 2020

If you get on with your boss you’re more likely to lie for them

We generally believe that it is a good thing to have strong relationships with the people we work for and those we manage. Organisations and leaders do many...
McDonald's sign

25 September, 2020

How good governance can stop toxic ‘bro behaviour’ at companies

In 2019, the board of directors of McDonald’s Corp took the unusual but bold and moral decision to dismiss its CEO Steve Easterbrook after he...
Employee returning to the workplace holding a mask

10 September, 2020

Not business as usual: returning to the workplace after the pandemic

Among the many challenges facing organisations in the wake of Covid-19 is the question of how to effectively communicate with staff about the "when and if" of returning to the workplace. There’s ...