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Workplace Dignity - Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson conducted this survey with the charity Robert F Kennedy Human Rights with the aim of measuring the perspectives of senior leaders engaged in aspects of building sustainable human capital strategies and healthy company cultures while improving organisational performance.

Publication type: Business ethics briefing

Business Ethics in the News 2019

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.

Publication type: Survey

Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics: 2019

The 2019 results of the IBE's annual survey of the attitudes of the British public to business ethics.

Publication type: Business ethics briefing

Modern Slavery

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.


Global Ethics Day – why we still need it

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.

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Human rights

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.


Why having a supportive ethical culture matters to employee wellbeing

We’ve just celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week and with estimates suggesting that nearly 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health issues, more organisations are becoming aware of the need to support psychological as well as physical safety.


What do employees want to speak up about?

"If Liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,” wrote George Orwell in the original preface to Animal Farm. This is, in essence, what speaking up about ethical misconduct in the workplace is also about. 


Changing attitudes to business - why millennials matter

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.

Publication type: Survey

Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics: 2018

The 2018 results of the IBE's annual survey of the attitudes of the British public to business ethics


Trust is the currency of ethics

Ahead of the launch of IBE’s Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of Employees: France, Katherine Bradshaw caught up with Emmanuel Lulin, Senior Vice-President and Chief Ethics Officer at L’ORÉAL, silver supporters of the Ethics at Work survey.

Publication type: Research report

Using Behavioural Ethics to improve your Ethics Programme

This IBE Research Report focuses on how people make decisions and what can influence them.

Publication type: Survey

Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics: 2017

The 2017 results of the IBE's annual survey of the attitudes of the British public to business ethics

Publication type: Business ethics briefing

Ethics Ambassadors: promoting ethics on the front line

How can an organisation support large numbers of employees in multiple locations in doing the right thing when faced with an ethical dilemma?

Publication type: Report

Stakeholder Engagement: values, business culture and society

In order to foster trust, external engagement should always be driven by ethical values. A considered approach to engagement, with a range of external stakeholders is a core task for boards and management. 

Publication type: Business ethics briefing

Business Ethics and Human Rights

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.

Publication type: Research report

Business Ethics across Generations

This Research Report helps understanding of the different characteristics of the four different generations currently recognised in the global workforce and discusses what organisations can do to promote engagement with business ethics.

Publication type: Good practice guide

Ethics Ambassadors

This practical Guide explains the role of Ethics Ambassadors in contributing to the success of an ethics programme and helping to promote a consistent ethical business culture. Drawing on the experience of UK and international companies it highlights how the role of an ethics ambassador can help organisations understand what ethics ambassadors are and how they can be recruited and supported effectively. The guide includes a set of practical tools for training and evaluating the efficacy of ethics ambassadors.

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