Current Affairs

What Bernie Sanders Knows About Leadership, Ethics and Compliance (But Forgot To Mention)

Regardless of what you think of this year’s crop of U.S. presidential candidates – and please, please, please know this isn’t a political post – the campaign has already been an interesting romp through the entire range of the ethics of fair and reasonable campaigning. I’ll save any critique of all that for another day, Read more…

What Have We Actually Learned From The Volkswagen Scandal?

There is no question that the recent discovery of Volkswagen’s widespread and sustained subversion of accurate emissions testing on their diesel cars qualifies it in spades as the ‘scandal du jour’. Since the scandal’s disclosure, I have been honored to have been asked repeatedly to weigh in with my thoughts about it but have been Read more…

Are Your Claims of Ethicality Either Ethical or Legal?

An extremely interesting post on the Conflict of Interest Blog caught my eye this morning and I appreciate Jeff Kaplan for posting it. In that post, a case is described in which Goldman Sachs is reported to have defended some of their inappropriate activities, in part, by claiming that their promises of ethical behavior were Read more…

Is Your Social Networking Policy Legal?

In the rush to develop effective and enforceable social networking and social media policies, many organizations have written policies that are sensible on the surface but which are, in fact, both ethical and legal nightmares waiting to happen. Do you know whether or not yours pass either test? For those of you living in the Read more…

Some Good News and Bad News From The Ethics Resource Center’s 2011 National Business Ethics Survey

The Ethics Resource Center recently released the results of their 2011 National Business Ethics Survey. Long term readers of this blog and my Weekly Ethics Thought will know that I am always impressed with their research methods and clarity of reporting. This year’s study is no different in that regard.
While, as always, I heartily recommend downloading a copy for closer personal review, here – with a little added editorializing – are the key points from their executive summary in the meantime: