Portugal

21 November, 2018

Portuguese workers lead on ethics

Bosses might well consider the merits of setting up base in Portugal, after the latest survey from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) found the country’s workers are the least likely to welcome ...
ethics, integrity

21 September, 2018

Ethics: Must have, not nice to have

Warren Buffett, the so-called Sage of Omaha and vaunted leader of investment house Berkshire Hathaway, is credited with saying: “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrit...
CSR, corporate social responsibility

24 July, 2018

Follow the rules of corporate obligation, and reap the rewards

While it might be considered that the prime responsibility of company directors and managers is to grow the company, and thereby also grow the returns to owners and investors, this is ac...
whistleblowing

16 March, 2018

Whistleblowing: the problem with speaking out

Last year, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority received information from 900 whistleblowers. The Care and Quality Commission received more than 7,000 disclosures from whistleblowers. ...
SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

3 November, 2017

US watchdog raises hurdle for shareholder votes

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US financial watchdog, has beefed up the guidance for shareholder proposals, potentially making it easier for companies to resist votes on social or e...
ethics

18 October, 2017

Businesses lack commitment to ethics, say UK and Irish workers

More than half of workers feel their workplace fails to be committed to ethical behaviour, according to a survey by accounting association ACCA. The survey of 1,100 workers in the UK and Ireland f...
Leadership

5 October, 2017

Non-executives and setting the right tone at the top

What is tone at the top, and what does it mean for the role of non-executive directors? A survey by one leading consultancy has shown that: A resounding agreement from our respondents ...
business ethics

27 September, 2017

Personal moral values key to ethical corporate governance

Corporate governance scandals across the globe have led many to ask, “Where were the directors?” The usual response to corporate governance failure is increased regulation. Governments typically r...