2016 has been a year of extraordinary change. Many of these changes make our mission – to help companies strengthen their ethical cultures using behavioral science research – more vital than ever.
Consider just these three facts:
- Populist movements around the world are usually antagonistic towards large corporations, which they often perceive as engaging in predatory behavior
- The recent U.S. election likely means a new and lighter-touch approach to regulation and compliance, particularly in the financial services industry
- The Brexit vote means that Britain must quickly decide upon its own approach to regulation.
Putting these together: The world is hungry for new ideas on how to improve business ethics in ways that do not rely as heavily as before on detailed rules formulated by legislatures and regulators. There is a desperate need to help businesses become more self-regulating, in ways that will protect multiple stakeholders while increasing the dynamism and profitability of the business.
That is exactly what Ethical Systems is doing and we have made great progress towards our goals this year.