Our new eBook on Behavioral Science & Compliance, “Just” Business, an Interview with CEO Azish Filabi and More: Ethical Systems September Newsletter

Our new eBook on Behavioral Science & Compliance, “Just” Business, an Interview with CEO Azish Filabi and More: Ethical Systems September Newsletter

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Ethics Scholar Interview: Azish Filabi, CEO of Ethical Systems

As the CEO of Ethical Systems, what keeps you motivated? Are you optimistic about the current state of business? 

I am motivated every day by the opportunity to connect businesses with research and strategies that will make them more ethical and productive for the long term. We at Ethical Systems believe that good ethics is good business and our mission is to strengthen ethics within organizations by providing content, resources and tools by which to improve internal cultures and climates. It is rewarding to know that our organization is playing a needed role, and connecting with like-minded professionals.

More from Azish Filabi about emphasizing ethics and strengthening corporate culture >>

Out Now: Head to Head: A conversation on behavioral science and ethics

Head to Head: A conversation on behavioral science and ethics is structured as a series of dialogs between ES collaborator Jeff Kaplan and our CEO Azish Filabi on various facets of compliance and ethics work.

By integrating social and behavioral science research with the core elements of effective compliance and ethics programs, Head to Head helps practitioners broaden their focus to behavior and culture in organizations, enhancing their approach to risk management.

Browse online, download your free copy and see Head to Head featured in The Wall Street Journal's Morning Risk Report >>

A New Paradigm for "Just" Business: Just Capital publishes its research results

What if the best way to do right by shareholders was to run a socially responsible business? 
 
New findings by JUST Capital are showing that this is often the case. JUST Capital is a non-profit research organization whose mission is “to build a more just marketplace that better reflects the true priorities of the American people.”  Their distinctive research approach began with a survey of the U.S. public on what they believe makes a “JUST” company.   

See why operating a "just" company pays in the long run >>

Ask an Ethics Expert


Question for Celia Moore, our September expert. See more questions and answers online!
Q: The current US administration is influencing norms across the country, I believe, in a manner detrimental to ethics and trust. I fear it may influence companies to think, or act, more brazenly. Is there anything I can do as a person to help my company and slow this wider change?
 
 

A (see webpage for full answer): The greatest challenge and greatest opportunity we have is to change our own behavior. One of social psychology’s fundamental findings is that no one likes being the first to act differently from a perceived norm: we fear feeling foolish, we fear being wrong, we fear being singled out in some way, we fear feeling vulnerable. However, individuals who are willing to risk being first will quickly find others who will follow them.
 
The political theorist Jon Elster (1985) noted that people have different preferences for social cooperation, and different thresholds at which they will consider taking cooperative risks. Some people will cooperate no matter what; others will cooperate if one other person cooperates, and still others will cooperate if two other people cooperate, and so forth. Elster’s point is that the first actor’s decision to cooperate can free the second, and in so doing start a cascading effect of positive social consequences. So what can you do as a person? Be willing to be the first to act in new positive ways. You can start a cascade.

Continue reading and see additional questions and answers >>

Ethical Systems Salon with Dr. David Miller

Ethical Systems welcomes Dr. David Miller of Princeton University on Tuesday, September 19. Dr. Miller is Director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative and Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer.

Dr. Miller is the on-call ethicist for Citibank working to handle issues around the intersection of banking, finance, and morality.

Ethical Systems events are held in New York City and are by invitation. Email Jeremy Willinger to request an invite to upcoming ES events.

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