Ethics at Work 2018: Germany

Publication type: Survey
10 December 2019

Tags: Speak Up, Ethics Programme issues, Treatment of Employees

This survey report describes the German findings of our 2018 Ethics at Work research and provides comparison with the European average from the eight countries surveyed.


The IBE’s Ethics at Work survey is the only one of its kind covering Europe. This report take a deeper look at data and focuses on the responses from German employees. It asks employees how they experience ethics in their day-to-day working lives and how they perceive corporate ethical culture. It looks at whether they have witnessed misconduct; whether they have reported it; and what if anything stops them from doing so, answering questions such as:

  • How does their experience of ethics in their workplaces differ from that of the average European employee?
  • What are German employees’ perception of honesty, misconduct and speaking up?
  • What pressures are German employees under to compromise ethical standards?

It provides real insight into employees’ views on ethics across all sectors and job roles, and offers a context for employee experiences across Europe. It also examines the impact of formal ethics programmes on embedding ethical values into organisational culture and influencing behaviour.

Over 6,000 employees were surveyed across Europe, including 762 in Germany. This is the third time that the survey, which began in the UK in 2005, has been conducted in Germany.