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
By Ros O’Shea For employees to truly buy into an organisation’s value system, leaders must make the most of the ‘moments that matter’. The South Sea islanders have a word, “mokita”, which translates as “a truth everyone knows but nobody speaks”. And so it is with organisational culture. Creating an environment in which employees implicitly… Read More Creating a culture of integrity
By Ann Buttery, Head of Ethics, ICAS Policy Leadership As part of ICAS’ ‘The Power of One’ business ethics initiative, the ICAS Ethics Board has published the next in the series of papers on ethical leadership – Organisational culture and values. This ICAS paper recognises that corporate culture is an organisation’s guiding force; that successful… Read More ICAS publishes paper on organisational culture and values
By Ros O’Shea Following a decade or more of high-profile cases of corporate corruption, society’s trust in business leaders to ‘do the right thing’ has reached an all-time low. Stakeholders are now demanding that companies and their leaders restore that trust by putting integrity at the heart of the enterprise.