Ethical Conduct at Work; Webcast on Behavioral Science Tools; an interview with expert Hui Chen; and much more: Ethical Systems November Newsletter

Ethical Conduct at Work; Webcast on Behavioral Science Tools; an interview with expert Hui Chen; and much more: Ethical Systems November Newsletter

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Ethics Scholar Interview: Hui Chen, Compliance and Anti-Corruption Expert and Former Consultant to the US DOJ

"Businesses play a tremendous role in the process of [raising the moral consciousness of societies], particularly internationally. Businesses are transnational: they start trends and impact people's daily lives, from how they communicate to how they invest. Imagine if big banks start to question funding certain types of projects, or giant retailers changing standards on how they select suppliers: the impact would be swift and real."

Learn more about the "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance" and how to combat fraud from the first-ever compliance consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice's Fraud Section >>

The Flip Side of the Quarter: Only 25% of employees think colleagues model ethical behavior

A recent survey by Gartner (formerly CEB) indicates some bleak stats for companies —  the 2017 poll of 5,000 workers in the U.S. indicates that “only 25 percent of employees believe their teammates and colleagues engage in and model the right ethical behaviors.”

See how the Gartner survey results provide companies valuable insight on how to run a more ethical organization >>

ECI Webcast on New Behavioral Science Tools for the E&C Field

Azish Filabi (Executive Director of Ethical Systems) and Jeffrey Kaplan (ES collaborator and Partner at Kaplan & Walker, LLP) recently led a webcast about ethics, research, and culture highlighting new behavioral science tools for the ethics and compliance field. The slides and recording are now available online.

The webcast provided information and insights around best practices for culture measurement and the resources that allow companies to get a more detailed understanding of its ethics and compliance program, as well as the culture, climate, and variety of employee perspectives

See and download the presentation slides and view the webcast >>

The Ethics Case for Due Diligence: Azish Filabi's "Expert Analysis" on Law360

A panel co-chaired by Ethical Systems CEO Azish Filabi at the New York State Bar Association International Section’s Seasonal Meeting in Guatemala helps underscore how ethics risk can directly impact the bottom line.

Using a recent case study involving a shipping port, its purchase and a subsequent bribery investigation, Filabi explores how companies can unearth ethics risk in a transaction before it’s too late. 

Previously a gated piece, it is now available on our website in its entirety >>

Ask an Ethics Expert: Daylian Cain

Question for Daylian Cain, our November expert. See more questions and answers online!

Q) I work in marketing for a mid-size company (about 3,000 employees).  I often feel like I am misleading customers in my work. I don’t say anything false in our ads or media pieces, but I know our products, for example, are not as good as our competitors. I feel conflicted.  I want to help the company succeed, and I know this is the norm in marketing, but how do I balance my internal thoughts on this?
A) The answer is finding positivity in your work while maintaining your integrity. To start, let’s consider the first positive and most simple solution. Perhaps the flaws of your products are fairly reflected in their price. Why are people are buying your products? Hopefully your products are good on some dimension, or else no one would buy them. 

That said, you still need to keep your integrity at the end of the day. You have one life to live. If you frequently possess this feeling of being “conflicted,” or if feel like you are living separate lives at work and at home, perhaps you have already done enough looking at the bright side of the job. Again, the fact that you are posing this question in a forum such as this one is revealing. It suggests that this job is eating you up inside and splitting you apart. What would you tell your son or daughter to do if he or she grew up to face the same situation? I think I know what you would say, and I think you do too…

Navex Global's 2017 Ethics and Compliance Virtual Conference

Our friends at Navex Global invite you to participate in their 2017 Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference on November 9. This year the conference is focused on “Igniting a Winning Workplace Culture,” and will offer more than 20 hours of compliance education driven by more than 30 cross-industry thought leaders.

During the conference, content sessions will be structured along three learning tracks focused on Leading for the Future, Investing in Corporate Culture, and Aligning Corporate Risk & Resolution. There will also be experts on hand to answer questions, and a curated resource library for continued learning with definitive guides and reports.

The conference is free to attend and registration is now open.

Collaborators in the News

LAST CALL! The Ethics & Compliance Initiative is seeking feedback on the National Business Ethics Survey (NBES)

Please contribute to this critical research endeavor—and help make sure the survey meets the needs of the academic community—by completing a brief, anonymous, 5-minute survey. Click on the link to take the survey by November 3: 

Thank you for your input!
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