Senior leadership ‘set the tone’ by referring to the values and expectations of the company when they address employees. Ultimately, the actions of leaders speak louder than words. Messages are strengthened when leaders visibly follow the same rules as everyone else.

When we talk about leadership, we don't just mean the chair, CEO, or senior leadership team; leadership can be applied locally too, to business leads, or managing directors of businesses within a group of companies.

Line managers have an essential role in effectively communicating the organisation’s ethics message and acting as role models for the employees they manage. ‘Tone from the middle’ is as important as ‘tone from the top’.

Why tone at the top is so important

Simon Webley illustrates how important it is to have ethical leadership

Useful resources

Setting the Tone: a New Zealand perspective on ethical business leadership

Publication type: Report

Setting the Tone: a New Zealand perspective on ethical business leadership

28 Nov 2018

In conversation with… Henri Van Elewyck, Group Senior Vice President Ethics and Responsible Business Conduct of Sodexo

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In conversation with… Henri Van Elewyck, Group Senior Vice President Ethics and Responsible Business Conduct of Sodexo

In the penultimate blog of the Embedding Business Ethics series we're in conversation with Henri Van Elewyck, Group Senior Vice President Ethics and Responsible Business Conduct of Sodexo.

08 Apr 2020

Embedding Business Ethics: 2020 report on corporate ethics policies and programmes

Publication type: Survey

Embedding Business Ethics: 2020 report on corporate ethics policies and programmes

This report is the ninth in the triennial series looking at corporate ethics policies and programmes. It is the IBE’s longest-running survey series, and continues to give valuable insights into how companies run their ethics programmes.

01 Apr 2020

Is there anybody there?

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Is there anybody there?

Encouraging employees to speak up about the things that concern them at work (“whistleblowing” if we must) is a key task for organisations in their commitment to creating an open and ethical workplace culture. However, creating such a culture is easier said than done.

26 Feb 2020