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January 8, 2013 The role of HR in business ethics and values

Source: Oman Daily Observer

Our parents used to teach us some rules to live by: “Don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t hurt others, respect etc. In our personal lives most people still follow these rules. In business the rules should not be of a different. Those...

January 7, 2013 Surprise, Surprise: The Banks Win

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

IF you were hoping that things might be different in 2013 — you know, that bankers would be held responsible for bad behavior or that the government might actually assist troubled homeowners — you can forget it. A settlement...

December 21, 2012 Newtown Tragedy Forces Hard Questions

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Five days after the horrific Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, I happened to learn that someone I hadn’t spoken to in nearly 25 years lives there. I always liked Jim (not his real name) and innocently decided this might be...[more]

December 20, 2012 Business Ethics 101

Source: Rapaport Magazine

Sometimes it’s hard to tell right from wrong. And sometimes it’s not. Some people don’t want us to tell right from wrong. They prefer that the diamond industry avoid ethical issues and concentrate on “business only.” Often this...

December 4, 2012 Materiality in CSR reporting: the importance of GRI’s G4 guidelines

Source: Thomson Reuters

The recent Rio+20 Summit made one thing clear: the trend in Corporate Social Responsibility reporting is only increasing. However, it is not only governments pushing for transparency in corporate activities; the trend is...

November 27, 2012 A new cheating scandal: Aspiring teachers hiring ringers


Interesting story in the AJC today on a cheating scandal involving hired ringers taking the teacher qualification exam for candidates in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

November 21, 2012 To Regulate or Not to Regulate?

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Last week, the Washington Post reported that David Trone, managing director of JMP Securities, a full-service investment bank headquartered in San Francisco, said that his industry faces more “misery” as a result of President...[more]

November 16, 2012 Business ethics: am I boring you?

Source: Guardian

High-profile misconduct cases often involve companies which have an ethics policy or code in place. Recent research also suggests that many staff are unaware of these policies. While a survey from the Institute of Business Ethics...

November 13, 2012 A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event: a former prosecutor is going to be held to account for alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

October 29, 2012 The Perils of Feeding a Bloated Industry

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

THEY say the wheels of justice grind slowly, but should it really have taken more than five years for the Justice Department to discover that Countrywide Financial, the mortgage mania’s top creator of risky loans, dumped a load...

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