Thursday, February 23, 2006

Integrity Management

Robert C. Chandler of Pepperdine University has written an article on integrity management that deserves much broader attention.

An excerpt:

In addition, the “inherent ethics” of the “good moral people” that a company hires include:

76 percent of MBA graduates who reported that they were willing to commit fraud to enhance profit reports to management, investors, and the public;

The fewer than 50 percent of employees who believe their employers have high ethical integrity;

30 percent of all employees who currently report that they “know or suspect ethical violations such as falsifying records, unfair treatment of employees, and lying to top management;”[7]

41 percent of employees in the private sector and 57 percent of employees in the public/government sector who are aware of ethical misconduct or illegal activities;[8]

60 percent of employees who state that they know but have not reported instances of misconduct in their organizations. Most employees cite the lack of companies’ confidentiality policies as reasons for not coming forward about ethical misconduct. They fear “whistle-blower” retaliation and that existing policies won’t protect them.

Read the entire article here.

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