Surveys on Business Ethics

Publication type: Other
27 February 2019

Tags: Wellbeing, Human rights, Treatment of Employees

Read the IBE's summary of the latest surveys on business ethics

Speed read

Recent surveys on business ethics reveal that the general public seems to think that businesses are behaving more ethically in some areas than in previous year. This page draws together a number of surveys related to business ethics and reveals the following themes:

  • the public - especially younger generations - are evaluating businesses not only based on their financial success, but also to the extent that they behave as socially responsible actors
  • the recent decline in trust in other institutions in society (media, politics, etc.) has led to private sector organisations are increasingly expected to become a force for social change
  • ethics and compliance programmes need to be accompanied by issue specific training and awareness buildilng campaigns for employees - in particular, training on issues such as mental health and modern slavery is underdeveloped.

This page highlights the findings from a number of pieces of recent research in the field of business ethics, commenting on themes and emerging trends.

It covers a broad range of business ethics topics such as mental health at work, modern slavery, fraud and corruption.

Survey populations vary for each of the reports listed, and are explained as necessary.

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Global Trust Barometer 2019 (Edelman)

This is the 19th annual review of trust in institutions around the world, conducted by Edelman. The survey maps levels of trust in four different institutions (business, government, media and NGOs) in 27 markets around the world. It summarises the responses of more than 33,000 survey participants and makes a comparison between the 'informed public' (those who meet 4 criteria defined in the report) and the 'mass population'.

30 Jan 2019

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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 Aug 2018

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The Millennial Survey 2018 - Global survey on millennial’s views on business (Deloitte)

Deloitte’s millennial survey is based on the views of 10,455 millennials from 36 countries. This age group includes individuals born between January 1983 and December 1994. All respondents have a higher-level educational qualification and work full-time in predominantly large, private-sector organisations.

01 Aug 2018

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2018 Compliance Risk Study - Comply & Demand (Accenture)

This Accenture report is based on a survey of 150 leading Compliance officers at banking, capital markets and insurance institutions globally. It provides an overview of the different strategies businesses are pursuing to deliver the capabilities that shape a compliance function fit for the future of financial services.

01 Aug 2018

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15th Global Fraud Survey: Integrity in the spotlight (EY)

This survey contains insights from business leaders on the risks and challenges organisations face in fighting fraud and corruption in an era of significant technological advance. 2,550 executives from 55 countries and territories were interviewed by Ipsos MORI on behalf of EY, between October 2017 and February 2018.

01 Aug 2018

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Mental Health at Work 2018 Report: seizing the momentum (BITC)

This report provides evidence of the scale of the challenge faced on mental health in the workplace, alongside the positive impact progressive employers are making to tackle it. It presents the key findings of The National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey, a YouGov representative panel survey of 4,626 full and part-time employees in the UK. Fieldwork was undertaken between 14th May and 19th June. The survey was carried out online.

01 Aug 2018

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Whistleblowing Benchmarking Report 2018 (Expolink)

The Expolink Whistleblowing Benchmarking Report 2018 relates to all Original Incident Reports received globally by speak up service provider Expolink. It covers all channels and reviews contacts received between 01 January and 31 December 2017. During this time there were 13,377 qualifying reports submitted by users across the globe.

01 Aug 2018