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

Publication type: Survey
01 April 2020

Tags: Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC), Corporate governance, Speak Up, Communication & Engagement, Code of Ethics , Harassment & bullying, Training, Supportive Environment, Monitoring & Accountability, Data privacy

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.

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About the report

How do organisations make sure that employees share their core values and feel empowered to do the right thing? How can ethics become an integral part of doing business?

This triennial survey, now in its ninth edition, provides some illustrations of how ethics is embedded within large, listed companies.

It is a valuable resource for ethics and compliance practitioners who seek to:

  • Understand current practice in corporate ethics programmes and benchmark their organisation
  • Identify leading practice in terms of how organisations are approaching business ethics and use this to bridge potential gaps in their ethics programme
  • Track recent developments in perspectives on business ethics and prepare for future ethical challenges that businesses may face.

Full results and a detailed description of the methodology are available on the Savanta ComRes website

IBE Survey - Embedding Business Ethics: 2020 Report on Corporate Ethics Policies and Programmes


Guendalina Dondé
Guendalina Dondé

Head of Research

Guen coordinates the work of the Research Hub and conducts research and writes on a variety of business ethics topics, including IBE surveys, briefing and reports. She advises organisations on how to make their code of ethics and policies more effective and conducts benchmarking exercises on specific issues.

She delivers bespoke training sessions, as well as talks and presentations on the IBE research. She is secretary to Professionals against Corruption, at the IBE (PaC, at IBE), which brings together professionals from real estate, legal and accounting professions to prevent corruption.

Before joining the IBE, she collaborated with the inter-university centre for business ethics and corporate social responsibility EconomEtica in developing the code of ethics for the Italian Association of Management Consultants and worked for CSR Europe, a European CSR Business Network based in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in Business Ethics and CSR from the University of Trento in Italy.

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do – Potter Stewart

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