Business Ethics

Banking Brings Out Dishonesty In People, Study Finds

CP | Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON -- The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests. A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of ...

Why We Should Measure Success by Social Good

Joseph Ottorino | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Joseph Ottorino

Your brand has an audience you've worked hard to cultivate, but part of that includes those who are the most connected to your company: your employees. They're already working together to achieve your businesses goals and are passionate about the company succeeding. You should look to find ways to give your team a chance to become involved in something bigger.

A Conversation with Ethicist Mark Pastin

David Gebler | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada Impact
David Gebler

Mark Pastin is an award-winning ethics thought leader, ethics consultant, and keynote speaker. The CEO of the Council of Ethical Organizations, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in business and government, he is author of a new book, Make an Ethical Difference: Tools for Better Action.

Watching the Watchdog: Why Journalists Do What We Do

Tim Knight | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

We journalists have done a lousy job of explaining how we do our jobs, how we practice our craft, to the people we serve. I'm of the opinion that our low ranking in public opinion polls is because we don't even try to tell the people who we are, what we believe in, what we do and why we do it. So allow me to try.

This Is How Widespread Workplace Corruption Is In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business

More than four in 10 Canadians have witnessed wrongdoing at work, including bribery, fraud and cooking of financial results, and nearly half didn’t ...

What Big Business Could Learn From Downton Abbey

Jana Schilder | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Business
Jana Schilder

The sense of duty, responsibility and stewardship in Downton Abbey are nothing less than old-fashioned words for the "modern" concept that a few corporations are once again embracing: Corporate Social Responsibility. But with one important difference: Robert Crowley, the Earl of Grantham, is an individual as opposed to a corporation. And, he takes this responsibility very seriously.

The Case For Paid Interns

John Laforet | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Business
John Laforet

Unpaid internships are in the news again as a result of a groundbreaking study on precarious employment in Ontario. There are a number of factors that play into the decision to pay an intern (or not), of course. That said, greed is ultimately the common denominator that business leaders share when determining whether to create paid or unpaid internships.

Why You Need Trust in the Boardroom

Deborah Nixon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Trust at the board level is necessary at three intersection points: board and CEO, board member to board member, and CEO to C-suite. Why does trust matter? Think about the transactional costs of a low-trust relationship. In low trust relationships, suspicion abounds and parties feel compelled to paper every decision and every discussion. What can boards and executives do about this? Here is some advice.

How to Conduct a Proper Workplace Investigation

Richard Leblanc | Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) "whistle-blowing" rule that permits employees now to go directly to the regulator with a complaint and completely bypass the company's internal processes. The practical effect of this new rule is to put the heat on many companies and corporate boards to reexamine their workplace investigations of potential wrongdoing -- and that is a welcome development. Where do investigations go wrong?

Four Ways Honest Leaders Accidentally Create Ethical Risks

David Gebler | Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

The hard reality is that good people do bad things, and honest leaders let it happen. Honest leaders don't do it on purpose--they create ethics risks at their organizations by simply focusing on the wrong issues. So how did the good and honest leader unwittingly cause such behavior? Here are four ways it happens.

When It Came to Penn State's Punishment, the NCAA Got it Just Right

David Gebler | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada
David Gebler

In the wake of the Penn State child abuse scandal, many in the media were outraged by the NCAA's decision to instantly vacate the university's win record from 1998 through 2011. As two ethicists with a combined 40+ years working in the trenches with organizations and their cultures, we'd like to offer the opposite view: the NCAA got it exactly right. What's needed at Penn State is a complete blood transfusion of good culture for bad.

4 Ways Boards of Directors Can Save Their CEOs

David Gebler | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

You can't let board members off the hook simply because they're not full-time employees of the company, or that on just one day per quarter they're presented with information on which they can't always get feedback. And that's why Richard Schulze has been forced to step down from Best Buy's board.

Occupy the Next Generation of Wall Street

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Business
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's clear we need to rethink business as usual, but it should start with how business leaders are trained to view their roles, analyze risks, and understand the moral implications of strategic decisions.