Tag: VW

Why ESG now helps define ethical business leadership

“Sustainable investing will be a core component for how everyone invests. We are only at the early stages.” When the boss of the world’s largest asset management company routinely thinks in terms of Environmental, Social and Governance factors (ESG) then other CEO’s would be sensible to take notice. It makes […]

When culture and values fail—what next?

The fall of John Stumpf, long serving CEO of Wells Fargo makes good headlines.   Some 5,000 or so employees fired for abusing the trust of the banks’ customers sounds even better.  It seems to show  a management on the war path. Is this the top team riding to the rescue […]

What does “Doing what’s right” really mean?

“I did what I thought was right, given the circumstances, given my knowledge at the time, given the pressures on me at the time.” Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding leader. “Doing what’s right” lies at the heart of ethical leadership. In business there’s always room for debate about what this means […]

Should ethics really be taught in schools?

“We’re here to make money” That remains the over-arching driving force behind most businesses, and in some ways it’s right. A commercial business making no profit is either going  broke, or is some kind of welfare case. But while making a profit is important, this can never be the sole […]

“Ethical fading”: not just a convenient label

It’s not immediately obvious what VW, The Labour Party and the South Yorkshire police have in common. Up close though, the similarities are only too clear. All three are currently experiencing serious cases of ethical fading. The latter, described in more detail in a recent post here, occurs when people […]