A new research project has uncovered the extent to which professional accountants are exposed to unethical activity. The question of ethical or moral awareness of professionals is an important one, given that such awareness opens the door to ethical decision-making. Decisions made by accountants and other professionals are frequently made on a morally blind basis… Read More Are accountants ethically aware?
By Garry Shilson-Josling In a world of global distrust, where are the true believers? The urgent need to share the benefits of reform shines through in economic reports from both sides of the Tasman. If there’s one thing economists and policy-makers agree on, it’s that rising living standards eventually depend on productivity growth. Since the 1980s,… Read More Why trust matters
By Michael McMillan The American author and philosopher Aldo Leopold once said: “Ethical behaviour is doing the right thing when no one else is watching – even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” This quote raises an important question: why should we do anything, let alone the right thing, if what we are being… Read More How to do the right thing even if no one is watching
By Susan Muldowney Recent high-profile corporate scandals have seen trust in business take a further dive. How can this fragile commodity be restored? When Matt Comyn steps into the top job at the embattled Commonwealth Bank of Australia on 9 April, his first challenge surely will be among his greatest: restoring trust. With critics pointing… Read More The trust crisis
By Deborah Tarrant Accounting leaders have put workplace sexual misconduct on their agendas. Is your firm taking all the right steps to prevent it? Sexual harassment has been the hottest topic in business for months. A growing number of women – and some men – have leapt to the call of the #MeToo Twitter hashtag following… Read More Nine steps to drive harassers out of business
By Karen Wensley While firing a high performer may hurt in the short term, keeping them will hurt even more if they’re a cheat or a bully. In February, Susan Fowler, an engineer who had recently resigned from Uber, published a now-famous blog. In it, she provided details of ongoing harassment and sexist behaviour that… Read More Short-term pain for long-term gain