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Full frontal hug from Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry

Hugging an ethical leader—10 reasons for doing it

“I am transitioning to 100 percent hugging,” says Jerry Greenfield co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream empire. Known for his reliance on ethics and values, his business plays an active part in the wider community and his ice cream sells globally. Recently, he held a lecture and free ice […]

Can ethics and sales ever be reconciled?

Can ethics and sales ever be reconciled?

By Catherine Bernales and Antonia Di Lorenzo There’s a great cartoon in which a sales manager tells one of his team: “A dynamic sales idea Lou. I’m just sorry I have to notify the police.” At the recent Ethics and Governance conference by Ethisphere, in London, an attendee challenged the […]

Is this a step too far for nailing bankers?

Is this a step too far for nailing bankers?

In August 2014 London Mayor Boris Johnson called for ‘guilty until proven innocent’ to become the law for suspected terrorists. He argued for a reverse of the normal presumption of innocence for those who travel to Iraq and Syria.[1] Let’s not stop at terrorists though. Why not bankers? New laws […]

Silence: tackling the enemy of ethical decision making

Silence: tackling the enemy of ethical decision making

What is the enemy of ethical decisions in companies? Quite simply it’s silence. Silence when an issue arises, silence when choices are being made, silence after they’ve been made and the effects reverberate. A well-liked senior vice president at a big health-care company lost a key promotion and left in […]

Slavery: how ethical business leaders can make a difference

Slavery: how ethical business leaders can make a difference

“We remain confident that we took every practicable and reasonable step to ensure that the range would be ethically produced.” Deputy Chief Executive Fawcett Society, about charity T Shirts revealed as produced in forced labour conditions. Guardian, 3rd November 2014 In 2013 a group of Lithuanian men bought passage to […]

Another fine mess you’ve gotten us into

Another fine mess you’ve gotten us into

What’s another €94m fine between friends?  The latest penalties on several banks for fiddling interest rates by running a cartel, is hardly the stuff of headlines. J.P. Morgan, no paragon of ethical performance in recent years, must pay €61m for crooked behaviour involving Libor, from 2008-9. Yet can you envisage the […]

Do ex-offenders make good security advisers?

Do ex-offenders make good security advisers?

Who do you go to for advice on dealing with security, corruption, bribery or many other aspects of governance? To an ex-crook of course! Increasingly this is a land of opportunity for those who have defrauded, cheated, or generally done wrong. By offering to tell companies how to avoid being […]