This briefing provides an overview of the ethical concerns and lapses that were recorded by the IBE in its monitoring of media coverage in 2019. It gives an overview of which sectors and issues related to business ethics were most covered in the news. For 2019, we have recorded a total of 361 different stories involving lapses of companies with a UK presence.
29 January 2020
The 2019 results of the IBE's annual survey of the attitudes of the British public to business ethics.
17 December 2019
This briefing looks at modern slavery in the context of business and business ethics. It considers the different terms brought together under the umbrella of ‘modern slavery’; the ways in which it is a challenge for organisations, and what companies are doing to minimise their risks in this area.
18 October 2019
The 16th of October 2019 marks the sixth anniversary of Carnegie Council’s annual Global Ethics Day. Inspired by Earth Day, Global Ethics Day provides an opportunity for organisations around the world to hold events on or around this day, exploring the meaning of ethics in international affairs.
16 October 2019
Tax avoidance through tax planning activities is legally undertaken by an organisation to minimise their tax liability. This includes, but is not limited to routing of inter-company loans and dividends, use of allowances, deductions, rebates and exemptions.
19 August 2019
The concept of human rights is simple: every human being has a right to be treated with dignity whatever their religion, language, nationality, place of residence, sex, skin colour or any other status.
19 August 2019
Millennials have been a recurring theme in recent surveys on business ethics issues and they continue to have an impact on the business ethics agenda.
19 June 2019
Social media presents organisations with both ethical challenges and opportunities. As it blurs the boundaries between our personal lives and work, it can be a difficult balance for companies to protect their reputations, uphold their responsibilities to stakeholders, and empower employees to use social media ethically and effectively.
02 May 2019
Read the IBE's summary of the latest surveys on business ethics
27 February 2019
The 2018 results of the IBE's annual survey of the attitudes of the British public to business ethics
13 December 2018
Modern Slavery Reporting: Is There Evidence of Progress? Survey on the impact of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Ergon Associates)
Ergon, a specialist consultancy working on labour rights and human rights, conducted a study to understand how the corporate reporting requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) are applied in practice. The 2018 sample largely comprises companies that are UK headquartered (70%). The majority of these companies (52%) had a turnover of over £500m.
01 August 2018
What are the wider ethical implications of GDPR? How can an organisation’s values be embedded and monitored so that the new regulation becomes a measure of those, rather than simply a set of compliance rules that must be ticked off?
30 May 2018
As part of our work at the IBE’s Research Hub, we are collating Gender Pay Gap reporting figures and analysing the narratives. The ethical issues which underlie the disparity in gender pay gaps are those of choices and opportunities, and we are reviewing organisations’ narratives with interest.
20 April 2018
The 2017 results of the IBE's annual survey of the attitudes of the British public to business ethics
12 December 2017
This briefing seeks to bring some clarity to the ethical issues related to Big Data, defining why they are relevant to companies and where the main ethical risks might lie. It also provides a set of questions that can help ethics practitioners liaise with their colleagues and make sure that their organisation lives up to its values when dealing with Big Data.
07 June 2016
This Board Briefing offers both practical advice on how remuneration committees can address the challenge and some pointers to possible reform centered around the need to be clear about the value of what is being awarded and the pace at which remuneration is earned. Fairness and simplicity are the two themes which run through this publication.
10 February 2016
This briefing updates the scope of the challenge to business with more recent developments. It gives an overview of some practical tools and frameworks that organisations can use to minimise the risk of human rights abuses in all their operations, including some recent examples of good practice.
29 September 2015