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Business Ethics and Big Data
PUBLISHED: 07 June 2016
Culture by Committee: the pros and cons
PUBLISHED: 09 March 2016
Red Flags: Report of a senior practitioners’ workshop on identifying indicators of corporate culture
PUBLISHED: 08 March 2016
Surveys on Business Ethics 2015
PUBLISHED: 25 February 2016
Fair or Unfair: getting to grips with executive pay
PUBLISHED: 10 February 2016
Ethical Concerns and Lapses 2015
PUBLISHED: 26 January 2016
Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics 2015
PUBLISHED: 10 December 2015
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - Main Findings and Themes
PUBLISHED: 11 November 2015
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - Britain
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - Continental Europe
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - France
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - Germany
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - Italy
Daniel Johnson and Guendalina Donde
Ethics at Work: 2015 Survey of Employees - Spain
Business Ethics and Human Rights: 2015 Update
PUBLISHED: 29 September 2015
Checking Culture:a new role for internal audit
PUBLISHED: 15 July 2015
Business Ethics Across the Generations
PUBLISHED: 30 June 2015
Communicating Ethical Values
PUBLISHED: 15 May 2015
Fairness in the workplace: staffing and contracts
PUBLISHED: 30 April 2015
Surveys on Business Ethics 2014
PUBLISHED: 10 March 2015
Ethical Concerns and Lapses, 2014
PUBLISHED: 02 February 2015
Employee Wellbeing: alcohol and office parties
PUBLISHED: 04 December 2014
Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics 2014
PUBLISHED: 27 November 2014
Performance Management for an Ethical Culture: an IBE Good Practice Guide
Ruth N Steinholtz with Dr Nicole Dando
PUBLISHED: 04 November 2014
Ethical Challenges Facing Pension Fund Trustees
PUBLISHED: 29 October 2014
The Role and Effectiveness of Ethics and Compliance Practitioners
PUBLISHED: 25 September 2014
PUBLISHED: 17 September 2014
Ethics, Risk and Governance
PUBLISHED: 21 July 2014
Fairness in the Workplace: Pay
PUBLISHED: 02 July 2014
Business Ethics in Corporate Reporting
PUBLISHED: 29 May 2014
Towards Ethical Norms in International Business Transactions
PUBLISHED: 21 May 2014
Could a set of universal values be agreed on that would facilitate international business transactions and enhance economic development?
The Collaboration between the Ethics Function & HR
PUBLISHED: 30 April 2014
PUBLISHED: 27 March 2014
Surveys on Business Ethics, 2013
PUBLISHED: 26 February 2014
Principles for an Anti-Corruption Programme under the UK Bribery Act 2010 in the Energy & Extractives Sector - 2nd Edition
PUBLISHED: 14 February 2014
Ethical Concerns & Lapses 2012-2013
PUBLISHED: 12 February 2014
PUBLISHED: 29 January 2014
Effective Speak Up arrangements as part of an ethics programme are an important component of good corporate governance. Malpractice can severely damage company reputation if not dealt with at an early stage, yet may go undetected unless arrangements are in place for concerns to be reported.
This briefing reviews current Speak Up practice and regulatory developments in the UK, with brief reference to Europe and the USA.
You might also be interested in IBE's Good Practice Guide: Speak Up Procedures
2013 Corporate Ethics Policies & Programmes: UK & Continental Europe Survey
Polly Wheldon & Simon Webley
PUBLISHED: 11 December 2013
Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics – 10 year trends and 2013 findings
PUBLISHED: 28 November 2013
Worries about tax avoidance have shot to the top of public concerns about business behaviour, replacing executive remuneration by a wide margin, according to the 2013 survey of public opinion conducted for the Institute of Business Ethics by Ipsos MORI.
Supply Chain and Payment Terms
PUBLISHED: 06 November 2013
PUBLISHED: 01 October 2013
A Review of the Ethical Aspects of Corporate Governance Regulation and Guidance in the EU
PUBLISHED: 25 June 2013
Ethical Issues in the Appointment and Use of Agents
PUBLISHED: 10 June 2013
For businesses to operate according to their ethical values, it is important that the agents they appoint work to the same or similar standards. Under the UK Bribery Act 2010, companies can be held liable for actions performed by agents on their behalf. This Briefing sets out good practice around agent selection, remuneration and how best to monitor their conduct so as to avoid integrity risks.
Tax Avoidance as an Ethical Issue for Business
PUBLISHED: 17 April 2013
This Briefing explores corporate taxation and specifically the issue of tax avoidance as a business ethics issue. It looks at public attitudes to avoidance, concepts of fairness and tax as a social responsibility.
Surveys on Business Ethics, 2012
PUBLISHED: 14 February 2013
Evolving Responsibilities & Liabilities of Ethics Representatives: a practical guide
ISBN: EBEF Paper 1
PUBLISHED: 08 January 2013
This report published by the European Business Ethics Forum prompts corporate Ethics Representatives (ERs), and their employers, to consider the extent to which their evolving responsibilities are likely to pose any increase in personal and legal liability.
This practical guide, co-written by the IBE, draws upon the experience of practitioners and legal advisers to explain what can be done to support employees and mitigate concerns.
Employee Views of Ethics at Work: 2012 Continental Europe Survey
PUBLISHED: 08 December 2012
Employee Views of Ethics at Work: 2012 British Survey
Simon Webley & Sabrina Basran
This report presents the findings of the third IBE British Ethics at Work Survey, conducted in 2012.
The Survey measures the attitudes of full-time staff and management in Britain to workplace practices, their perceptions of others’ behaviour and the general culture in their organisations. This report draws on comparisons with the 2008 Survey results to identify trends in perceptions and experiences.
The Ethics of Gifts & Hospitality
PUBLISHED: 10 November 2012
Attitudes of British Public to Business Ethics, 2012
Developing and Using Business Ethics Scenarios
PUBLISHED: 01 November 2012
Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC) Standards and Frameworks
PUBLISHED: 10 October 2012
This Briefing provides a useful overview of standards and guidelines which have been drawn up to combat bribery and corruption in business, including their implementation requirements.
Business Ethics and Human Rights
PUBLISHED: 10 July 2012
Doing Business in China: An overview of ethical aspects
This IBE Paper offers a view of the business ethics climate in China. It explores the operating environment for business and considers the cultural characteristics which underpin this. It also looks at current business ethics and corporate social responsibility trends in the Country and identifies the key ethical challenges that a business seeking to operate with high ethical standards in the Chinese market might encounter.
Globalising a Business Ethics Programme
Lori Tansey Martens
PUBLISHED: 01 May 2012
A major challenge for multinational organisations is ensuring that the local context is taken into account when designing a global ethics programme to ensure that the messages are consistent at both a global and local level.
The practical guide provides advice on assessing whether existing ethics programmes are effective and culturally appropriate and developing and disseminating organisation-wide values and standards to take account of the many cultures in which a business operates, including training which is as culturally relevant to employees worldwide.
Code Certification Statements
PUBLISHED: 17 April 2012
Concerns and Ethical Lapses, 2010 & 2011
PUBLISHED: 20 March 2012
This Briefing provides an overview of major ethical concerns and lapses, as recorded in the IBE’s weekly media monitoring in 2010 and 2011.
The Recovery of Trust: Six case studies of organisational failures and successful trust repair
Graham Dietz & Nicole Gillespie
PUBLISHED: 14 February 2012
The Ethical Challenges of Social Media
PUBLISHED: 01 December 2011
Business Ethics and Board Diversity
PUBLISHED: 11 September 2011
Doing Business in South Africa: An overview of ethical aspects
Building and Restoring Organisational Trust
Graham Dietz & Nicole Gillespie
PUBLISHED: 06 June 2011
Ethics in Decision-making
David Barr & Christopher Campbell with Nicole Dando
PUBLISHED: 01 June 2011
Religious Practices in the Workplace
PUBLISHED: 20 March 2011
Business Ethics in the Sports Sector
PUBLISHED: 06 March 2011
Surveys on Business Ethics, 2011
PUBLISHED: 14 February 2011
Surveys on Business Ethics, 2010
PUBLISHED: 30 January 2011
Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics, 2010
PUBLISHED: 06 December 2010
2010 Corporate Ethics Policies & Programmes: UK & Continental Europe Survey
Simon Webley with Sabrina Basran, Andrew Hayward & David Harris
PUBLISHED: 01 December 2010
Ethical Due Diligence in Recruitment
PUBLISHED: 11 November 2010
Ruth N Steinholtz & Judith Irwin
PUBLISHED: 10 October 2010
Surveys on Business Ethics, 2009
PUBLISHED: 17 April 2010
Doing Business in South Korea: an overview of ethical aspects
PUBLISHED: 06 March 2010
Ethics in the Provision and Use of IT for Business
Penny Duquenoy with Nicole Dando & Ian Harris
PUBLISHED: 07 January 2010
This paper draws attention to the issues, dilemmas and challenges that are common when IT is used to achieve business initiatives. It provides guidance for all business managers on planning, implementing and evaluating the provision and use of IT so that ethical challenges are anticipated, and the organisation’s ethical values and commitments are not compromised.
Corporate-Third Sector Partnerships
PUBLISHED: 06 January 2010
Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics, 2009
PUBLISHED: 01 December 2009
Corporate Expenses: the ethical challenges
PUBLISHED: 11 November 2009
Marketing Responsibly: Addressing the Ethical Challenges
Product claims, airbrushing photos, ‘pester power’ marketing, stealth marketing, cross cultural issues. These are just some of the topics highlighted as ethical lapses in the media over recent years.
As case studies in the report show, irresponsible marketing destroys trust. What should those in marketing consider when thinking about these issues? Do company codes of ethics address them? This new report explains why a discipline of ethics and responsibility is essential for the marketing function of any company.
Incentivising Ethical Behaviour in Staff
PUBLISHED: 11 September 2009
Understanding Business Ethics - Online Course
IBE's E-Learning Tool
PUBLISHED: 10 July 2009
This short introductory training course is designed to raise awareness of what business ethics is about and help people understand why ethical standards in the workplace matter. Four interactive modules guides users through realistic challenges such as gifts and hospitality, conflicts of interest and health and safety. Designed to help people recognise and confidently resolve ethical dilemmas that can arise as part of their day-to-day work.
If you are interested in multiple copies of this course please contact us for more details of discounts that may be available
Employee Views of Ethics at Work: The 2008 National Survey
Simon Webley & Andrea Werner
PUBLISHED: 17 April 2009
Surveys on Business Ethics: 2008
PUBLISHED: 06 March 2009
Concerns and Ethical Lapses, 2009
PUBLISHED: 14 February 2009
Competitive Intelligence: ethical challenges and good practice
Andrew Crane & Laura J Spence
PUBLISHED: 10 December 2008
IBE Illustrative Code - Updated
PUBLISHED: 01 October 2008
The IBE Illustrative Code of Business Ethics provides a checklist of issues to assist businesses and other organisations with the development of a code of ethics or other such document as part of a corporate ethics programme.
Surveying Staff on Ethical Matters
Katherine Bradshaw, Andrea Werner & Nicole Dando
PUBLISHED: 10 July 2008
This practical guide draws on the experiences of UK and international companies to look at how organisations can use staff surveys to take their ethical temperature and assess the efficacy of their ethics programmes. It outlines the different methods for surveying staff on ethical matters and considers how to maximise the effectiveness of surveys. A list of questions that companies can use to ask their staff about ethical matters are provided, including the IBE’s 12 benchmark staff survey questions.
Concerns & Ethical Lapses in 2007
PUBLISHED: 17 April 2008
Use of Codes of Ethics in Business: 2007 survey & analysis of trends
Simon Webley with Nicole Dando, Niall Gallagher & Lutz Press
PUBLISHED: 06 March 2008
This report sets out the findings of the fifth IBE survey of FTSE350 companies on how they use and implement their codes of ethics.
The survey shows the ways in which companies seek to maximise the effectiveness of their codes; the ethical issues perceived as most important for business and how codes address climate change issues. The report provides a guide to managers wishing to understand current practice and mechanisms for implementing and embedding ethical policies and accompanying codes.
Survey Findings 2007: ethical conduct within business
PUBLISHED: 14 February 2008
This Briefing looks at the findings of selected surveys on business ethics issues
published in 2007/08.
Demonstrating Corporate Values - Which standard for your company?
PUBLISHED: 01 January 2008
Business Ethics for SMEs
PUBLISHED: 08 December 2007
Does Business Ethics Pay? Revisited: The value of ethics training
Kaodi Ugoji, Nicole Dando & Lance Moir
PUBLISHED: 10 July 2007
Do companies that actively attempt to embed their ethical values into business practice enjoy stronger financial performance as a result?
This report describes research comparing the financial performance of FTSE 350 companies which have a business ethics training programme with those simply declaring a commitment to ethical values. The findings are consistent with previous IBE research, Does Business Ethics Pay?,suggesting that conducting business with integrity and fairness is not only the right thing to do, it is also good for the bottom line.
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Business Ethics Committees
PUBLISHED: 01 June 2007
Ethical Due Diligence: An introduction and guide
PUBLISHED: 01 May 2007
Speak Up Procedures
PUBLISHED: 06 March 2007
Surveys on Business Ethics: 2006
PUBLISHED: 02 February 2007
Living Up To Our Values: Developing ethical assurance
Nicole Dando & Walter Raven
PUBLISHED: 08 December 2006
Making Business Ethics Work: the foundations of effective embedding
PUBLISHED: 01 October 2006
Supplier Relationships in the UK: business ethics and procurement practice
Laura J Spence
PUBLISHED: 01 June 2006
Procurement & Business Ethics
PUBLISHED: 01 May 2006
How can a business ensure that its procurement practices are in line with its
core values? This Briefing considers ethical issues relevant to procurement/
purchasing. It provides guidance to those responsible for procurement,
suggests examples of good practice and links to corporate purchasing policies.
Survey Findings, 2005
PUBLISHED: 20 March 2006
Ethics at Work: a national survey
Simon Webley & Polly Dryden
PUBLISHED: 01 June 2005
The Ethics of Influence: political donations and lobbying
Ethics Matters: Managing ethical issues in higher education
PUBLISHED: 01 May 2005
Setting the Tone: Ethical business leadership
Philippa Foster Back OBE
PUBLISHED: 06 March 2005
Corporate Use of Codes of Ethics: 2004 Survey
Simon Webley & Martin Le Jeune
PUBLISHED: 02 February 2005
Taking the Temperature: Ethical supply chain management
Louise Jamison & Hilary Murdoch
PUBLISHED: 01 July 2004
Developing a Code of Business Ethics: a guide to best practice including the IBE Illustrative Code of Business Ethics (pdf only)
PUBLISHED: 01 October 2003
Does Business Ethics Pay? Ethics and financial performance
Simon Webley & Elise More
PUBLISHED: 01 April 2003