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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 […]

Slap in the face for ethical investors

Troubles at the Co-op bank throw yet another spotlight on the merits or otherwise of ethical investing. The Bank previously made a proud name for itself as a leader in setting ethical standards for its investments. Its latest troubles are an unpleasant slap in the face for ethically-minded investors. For […]

The mind-blowing J.P.Morgan penalties

If anyone doubts ethical misbehaviour can be a costly corporate experience they should contact Mr Jamie Dimon, who currently runs J.P Morgan the major US bank. The extraordinary size of the financial penalties facing this organisation may have slipped your notice. But it’s estimated the fines or settlements faced by […]

Is your performance management doing good or harm?

PERFORMANCE Does performance management have an ethical dimension? If you are involved in this kind of work you quickly discover its potential for good or harm. For example, a line manager who conducts faulty or biased appraisals can fundamentally damage someone’s life. This may partly explain why so many managers […]

Putting your reputation on the line

REPUTATIONS [1] “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it,” warned Warren Buffet, renowned for his long-term investment perspectives. “If you think about it for a moment,” he continued, “most people would do things differently.” His remark seems ever more apposite in the wake […]