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AEPF: SA professionals do have ethical courage

Professionals working in the auditing and accounting fields in South Africa are generally keen to report unethical behaviour within their fields, provided the conditions under which they do so are conducive and supportive. There are risks involved in exposing corruption or unethical behaviour, and if companies and professional bodies do not curb incidents of intimidation, Read more >

In an ethical meltdown, we must keep ethics alive

By Cynthia Schoeman #KeepingEthicsAlive The current ethical status in South Africa is, to say the least, very troubling. Reports and claims of state capture, corruption and self-enrichment by a select few continue to emerge. The consequent political uncertainty coupled with low economic growth – with junk status threatening even lower growth – pose numerous risks, Read more >

From rainbow nation to junk status, via unethical leaders

By Cynthia Schoeman First published on Ethics Monitor Our country’s recent history should represent a wonderful story of the triumph of ethics: of what is good and right. After centuries of oppression, South Africa emerged as the rainbow nation, and the peaceful transition to a democracy was heralded as a miracle. The massive moral shift Read more >

Why people commit white collar crimes (and how to stop them)

By Alice BrightSky First published on the FCPA blog We’ve all heard of them — the Bernie Madoffs and Michael Milkens whose cinematic crimes have painted our perception of white-collar criminality. However, while wrongdoers such as Madoff and Milken are rightly villainised for their misdeeds, their dramatic schemes tend to occlude the far more common Read more >

Corporate gifts: acceptable practice vs corruption

By Cynthia Schoeman Extracted from Ethics Can The giving and receiving of gifts is especially prevalent at this time of the year. This not only highlights the question of what is and is not acceptable and ethical, but also increases the potential for abuse. In response to the possible negative aspects of gifts, many organisations Read more >

South Africa needs an integrity commission

by Advocate Paul Hoffman Commentators and the twitterati are abuzz, describing the symptoms of the war of attrition at present, in progress in and between the centres of power in the South African body politic. General anxiety in the land has spawned local use of the hashtag #Where do we go from here? Martin Luther Read more >

Corporate SA not taking ethics seriously enough

The 2016 South African Business Ethics Survey was released yesterday at the sixth annual ethics conference, hosted in Johannesburg by the Ethics Institute, who also published the report. This is the fourth edition, following on the 2002, 2009 and 2013 surveys, and was conducted between June 2015 and April 2016. The annual conference boasted speakers Read more >

When unethical behaviour is an instruction

It’s one thing to practice ethical behaviour in your personal and professional life, but it’s another thing when you are ordered to behave unethically by your boss. How often do we see that the person who did the deed ultimately becomes the scapegoat, while the mastermind gets away with it? In this article, ethics guru Read more >

Nkandla an example of disrespect towards citizens

By Kavisha Pillay Growing up in a new South Africa, I was enlightened by the many courageous men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that I can enjoy freedom. Some of these leaders have been exalted to positions of influence while many others live as unsung heroes in our communities. These leaders who Read more >