Current Research

IBE projects aim to promote discussion around standards of business behaviour and share practical guidance with organisations wishing to advance the effectiveness of their ethics policies and programmes 

The IBE carries out research and surveys into business ethics issues and the ways that organisations and their employees can effectively embed ethical values into their practice and decision making.

Forthcoming publications

Board Briefing: Ethics and Fiduciary Duty 
With the introduction of the new reporting requirements on section 172 of the UK Companies Act, the IBE wishes to provide guidance to help directors navigate through the consequences of the regulations. It intends to encourage directors to incorporate their new duties into what they do holistically, to the benefit of the company – not merely having the reporting exercise as a compliance tick-box exercise. 
The publication will answer a series of questions to encourage them to think about the reporting requirements as an opportunity, not an obligation. 
Author: Stephanie Bates

Ethical Management

This publication aims to provide an increased perspective on current conversation about ethical management. By offering insights and detailing experiences that are relevant to all sizes of organisation it represents an opportunity to move the debate forward. It will expand on, enrich and offer additional perspectives to tone from the top, mood in the middle and voice at the bottom conversations.
By drawing on a series of in-depth semi-structured interviews with managers, senior leaders and junior staff, the publication will emphasise the complex nature of managing ethically, looking at the risks that surround people managers which threaten their ability to perform in their roles.
Author: Rozlyn Spinks

Corporate Ethics Policies and Programmes: 2019 survey

How do organisations make sure that employees share their core values and feel empowered to do the right thing? How can ethics become an integral part of doing business?
This triennial survey, now in its ninth edition, will provide a picture of how ethics is embedded within large organisations.
It is based on the IBE Business Ethics Framework to build an ethical culture in business. By following this model, organisations can influence their employees’ behaviour and decision-making, ensuring that they are shaped by the company’s core values. This will help them to achieve and fulfil their purpose, promoting long-term success.
Author: Guendalina Donde 
View the 2016 survey

Annual Business Ethics Survey: Public Perceptions Of Business Behaviour

The survey has been conducted annually for the IBE by Ipsos MORI since 2003 as part of their national Omnibus survey of a cross section of the UK public. It has tracked which business ethics issues are of most concern and whether the public believe ethical conduct by business is improving.

Latest Publications

Modern Slavery

This Briefing explores what ‘modern slavery’ means and outlines key red flags organisations should be aware of. It sets out good practice measures that organisations can put in place to combat modern slavery in their operations.

Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of employees: Singapore

This Report provides real insight for multinational organisations into employees’ views on ethics across all sectors and job roles in Singapore.

Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of employees: Canada

This Report provides real insight for multinational organisations into employees’ views on ethics across all sectors and job roles in Canada.

Corporate Ethics in a Digital Age

This Board Briefing offers practical thoughts about how the challenges of AI can be addressed and looks at the expertise that is required in the boardroom.

Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of employees: Switzerland

This Report provides real insight for multinational organisations into employees’ views on ethics across all sectors and job roles in Switzerland.

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