Ethical, responsible or sustainable business is about much more than responsibility for the environment. It is important to internalise the idea of ethical business conduct, or business practice, in order to automate the way of working and generate the benefits of ethical behaviour.
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Whistleblower issues are on the agenda, but you don't have time to implement them? Too many details and confusing information? What needs to be done now? Or what doesn’t? There are undeniably many details, but fortunately, in the end, it's not that complicated.
The EU deadline for national whistleblowing legislation and whistleblower protection was 17 December 2021. National laws were adopted within the deadline in several countries, but even more were delayed.
There are many risks involved in business operations that senior management and the members of the management team, in their own areas of responsibility, must identify and prevent. Illegal activities are a serious risk to a company and all management teams regularly discuss their prevention. The best way to shield your company from criminal activities is to invest in an ethical corporate culture and an operating model that will prevent misconduct.
As an employee, you may sometimes come across practices that are not OK. A supervisor or another manager may be abusing their position or they may even be requiring others to do things that would not stand up to scrutiny.
People often ask what is the reasoning behind giving or not giving someone a particular task. Here is a short list of practical ways of ensuring you don’t get caught in the trap.
In a nutshell, by acting unethically at the workplace you can weaken productivity and wellbeing at work at the same time.
Tolerating uncertainty and managing people in a changing environment requires managers and executives to pay more attention to people. Skills need to be constantly developed. Uncertainty will never go away and it has, in fact, become a part of the new normal.
Ethical leadership is the sensitivity to understand what is happening over time and see how the definition of ethicality is changing and evolving. As the definition can change slowly or quickly, keeping track of its evolution can be challenging.
Perhaps this is precisely why, in recent years, there have been reports in the media about miscalculations by senior management.