This is truly a noble theme and yet where is the ethics part?
I would add, “ethics begins with you,” as well.
Compliance may be more teachable as the law is the law. One must know it, its implications and its applicability in the workplace. This is very important and necessary, however, where does ethics fit into this? Please don’t say that ethics is included in compliance training. If it is, ethics probably gets lip service compared to compliance.
Take a look at your “Compliance begins with you” week’s agenda of activities, programs, etc. and reflect for just a moment on how much of your emphasis is on compliance and how much emphasis is on ethics?
There are so many resources to help with the incorporation of ethics into your not only your week’s programming, but into your everyday training activities. Take some time, look, decide and act.
A starting point for reflection/discussion might be:
- Can one be complaint and unethical at the same time? If so, how do you handle this?
- Is your definition of ethics in compliance/legal terminology?
- Is the perception of your people that compliance and ethics are one in the same?
- What percentage of the compliance training budget is solely for ethics training?
- How do you evaluate the “success” of the Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week’s programming?
There is still time to plan purposefully, intently and creatively for your “Compliance begins with you” programming, but we’re about a month away. Please don’t’ wait too much longer!
Like you, business ethics and ethical leadership expert, Frank Bucaro has seen the challenges and problems of corporate leadership, particularly over the past few years in regards to poor decision-making, SEC violations, and record breaking financial settlements in a number of different industries.
With over two decades of executive training, speaking, writing and with real life experiences, his view and approach to ethics in the workplace is uniquely different. He emphasizes that ethics is a moment-to-moment choice and has little to do with position, titles, personalities or education. Ethics is everybody’s responsibility from the top down.
His goal is to help organizations to:
a. Strengthen their ethics training initiatives in order to significantly decrease the odds of an ethical/compliance violation.
b. Energize, train and motivate employees to understand the value of consistent “high road” behavior as a business advantage.
c. Support individuals and thereby the organization by contributing to its success by quality, ongoing values based leadership development.
Frank is known for his very practical, slightly irreverent, yet somewhat humorous approach to ethics and leadership development. His conversational style and real life stories connect with his audience in a personal, intense and practical level.
Companies such as Bayer Healthcare, BP, ReMax International, EnMax Energy, Danone, etc. have partnered with Frank when they want to proactively stress the message, tools, insights and practical applications that good ethics IS good for business!