44% don´t know how to act in case of unethical behaviour
The Nordic Business Ethics Survey released this week tells us that 83% of respondents in Swedish companies have observed unethical behavior at work. But 44% say they did not act on that observation, of this share 62% said the reason for not acting was now knowing what to do. Only 30% of companies have anti-corruption training, while 70% have an anti-corruption policy in place.
Ethical conduct is personal. It is fluid, which is a reason why companies have ethical policies and codes of conducts to start with. A code of conduct must have exact descriptions, yet get general agreement by all. Ethical conduct is guided by an ethical culture. Sometimes we talk about a culture of compliance. A culture is established and retained through good working procedures and practices. Culture is what you do without thinking.
Habits + time + results = Culture.
Integrity is about actually doing what you say that you will do. Now can you regulate your way towards good ethical standards and integrity, or are there other components needed to make the machinery work seamlessly?
You need trust, and trust is not something anyone or any organization owns. It is something you have to gain and deserve, again and again. The only way to do that is to be genuinely credible.
What is the ‘moral compass’ of your organization? Is your organization in tune with your own credibility?
This is precisely the reason why our methodology incorporates capacity, ability, efficiency as well as credibility as key measurement outputs. Contact us for more information about how it works.