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Whistleblowers: Does The UK Know What It Thinks?

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

As a nation, we appear still to be trying to work out how exactly we feel about whistleblowers.

According to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the definition of whistleblowing is "when an employee raises a concern about a breach of regulation, an illegal act or dangerous activity that they become aware of through their work."


The regulator goes on to say: "Whistleblowing is relevant and applie...

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This Is How You Do It ? Serco Looks To Ethics In Rethink

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Serco Group plc the UK-based international services company, has been through a lot recently. But based on very recent events, it could teach other publicly listed businesses a thing or two when it comes to determination to 'make good.'

'A lot' includes botched contracts for the UK government, its biggest client. It was temporarily barred from bidding for new work after it was referred to the City of London police ...

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We Need To Remember We Have A Real Choice

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

A lot of what we think of as choices are not - they are simply habit.

By that I mean we don't think about them - or at least, we don't notice ourselves thinking about them until we give ourselves a jolt. In a developed society in particular, the way we work and what we do is also a daily choice - more accurately, a multitude of them.

So I have spent the last week wondering if I am crazy to ask why we can't change the way choices are made by professionals a...

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Individuals, Banking Standards & 'League Tables'

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Here comes the cavalry - just in time for the embattled UK banking sector.

Sir Richard Lambert, ex editor of the Financial Times, ex Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and that rare thing - a highly respected individual across sectors (who managed to get a knighthood with no one bitching which is almost unheard of....

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Business And Individual Ethics: No Dividing Line

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I wrote this about business ethics on December 8th, bizarrely just before US President Barack Obama used the same story about Mandela, but  a little differently.

'In any discussion of how to re-establish society’s severely tested trust in business, it is a mistaken premise to separate an individual’s ethics from professional, or business ethics. The philosopher Wittgenstein wrote: ...

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#CorpGov: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM
At the heart of all good governance lies integrity.

It was fortunate for South Africa when it emerged from being an unequal and exclusive society onto a path to becoming an equal and inclusive one that it had two people whose actions spoke loudly of their possession of it. Nelson Mandela, released from prison in 1990 found in Mervyn King ...
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Good Judgement And Better CorpGov: CBI to UKLA

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Things are looking up a bit. At the CBI's annual conference yesterday, there was much talk about business and trust. And the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has strengthened the rules for a London listing.

At the CBI conference we were treated to some good conversation, including ...

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An Ancient Call To Governance Made All Too Real

Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Oops - time flies. But brief silence here is all due to good things, including sunshine in GB. I consider it an investment in my sanity and clarity of thinking to ensure I take the time to soak some in. 

I also did something everyone should do - I finally got around to contacting and thanking someone who taught me.

After no conventional 'reunion' contact with the University of Oxford for a few decades I sent an e-mail to Baroness Warnock at the House o...

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'Smelling The Air" in PLCs and 'Moral Compass'

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

There is something in the air, and it isn't all just speculation about the British weather. Like an influx of pollen, it's all about ethics and the boardroom.

I am delighted to introduce Ian Muir,  a Director at Keeldeep Associates Limited who works with top teams on organisational effectiveness. He is the author of Board Evaluation published by

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Does EU #Corpgov Policy Need More Ethics ?

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Having asked the Parliamentary Standards Commission to report on banking standards in the UK, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in his speech in Bournemouth in February : "The change to the culture and ethics of banking go beyond bonuses and fines. I believe we need proper professional standards in the banking sector – just as we hav...

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