Tag: moral compass

The harsh reality of human resources

BUSINESS PRACTICES In late August 2013, Lucy Adams the BBC’s head of HR resigned without a pay-off. Her decision confirmed the harsh reality underpinning the now expanded scope of HR ethical responsibility. In the parliamentary committee enquiring into BBC severance payments, she was accused of presiding over corporate fraud and […]

Excuse me, are you a crook?

It’s a word we’re used to seeing almost daily now—mi-selling. This week it was MPs lambasting high street banks and the financial regulator for failing to settle thousands of claims from small businesses. The victims had been “mis-sold” interest rate swops. When it comes to unethical business behaviour it’s time […]

HR and taking an ethical lead

Back in 2010 a PWC report found a growing disconnect between corporate behaviour and ethical conduct. Perceptively it observed  this had “triggered a sense that global public trust in business has declined.” [i] Since then events have not exactly moved in the right direction. Numerous examples of bad corporate behaviour, plus […]

A moral compass versus the wild, wild west

A bunch of financial traders in Singapore has just departed, been demoted, or been denied their bonus. So far, nothing new–it’s more of the same, and once again RBS in the firing line. [1] What’s particularly revealing about this latest exercise in closing yet another stable door after a bolted […]