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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


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.

The Ethical Challenges and Opportunities of Social Media Use

This Briefing outlines some of the ethical risks for companies posed by social media and suggests good practice for companies to help guide staff on its use.

Surveys on Business Ethics 2018

This Briefing covers a broad range of business ethics topics such as mental health at work and modern slavery.


Ethical Concerns and Lapses 2018

This Briefing covers the IBE’s annual analysis of business ethics news stories from last year.

Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics 2018

This Briefing shows the attitudes of the British public to business behaviour in 2018.


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