A Topic in Focus – Speak Up: real-time changes
Staff willingness to speak up in the workplace is a key facet of an open ethical culture in any organisation. Delivering this in an environment of increasing regulation and legislation is challenging. During difficult business times we must not only ensure we are compliant but also ensure staff feel safe and able to speak up.
In this Business Ethics Network (BEN) webinar, led by contributions from Serco and L’Oréal, we explored real-time changes in whistleblowing standards and the common themes and their impact for business.
Robert Smith, Director Business Compliance and Ethics, Serco Group, provided an overview of regulations and standards including the EU Whistleblower Directive, recent Australian legislation and ISO standard 37002, as well as the changes that Serco are making to their speak up arrangements to ensure they are prepared.
Natacha Lesellier, VP - Ethics Programs, L’Oréal, shared some insights from the L’Oréal speak up programme which has always been designed to have a broader coverage than required by the legislation as well as the reassurance work they are doing to help people feel confident to speak up.
There was also time allocated to respond to questions submitted by those listening in.
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What are Business Ethics Network (BEN) meetings?
Our network meetings, which happen regularly thoroughout the year, are the pillars around which the community is built. These invitation-only events are usually focused on a specific topic and are led by a member or members of the network who candidly share their experience and pose probing questions for group discussion.
All network meetings are hosted and facilitated under the Chatham House Rule by the IBE.
These meetings are both practitioner-led and practitioner-focused, with invitations only extended to those responsible for the ethics and compliance programme in their organisation (which must have more than 250 employees). Invitees are, however, free to recommend alternates / subject-matter experts from their organisation to attend either with them, or in their place. Registrations are limited to 2 participants per organisation per meeting.
Network meetings are a unique opportunity to join the conversation to discuss the challenges, issues and successes of embedding ethical values within your organisation, with your peers.
To encourage frank discussion amongst participants and the open sharing of ideas and experiences, all IBE events take place under the Chatham House Rule unless stated otherwise.
This means that participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.