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New obligations and opportunities in assessing company culture

An organisation’s culture is defined as the habits of the people within it and the way they behave. In the workplace, the day-to-day interplay between these habits and behaviours can determine what practices are accepted, expected, rejected or rewarded. Writing in HR Magazine, Michael Pollitt and Debbie Ramsay examine the role of HR in helping…

National employee survey uncovers key weaknesses in UK workplace culture

“Businesses need a better understanding of their company culture to avoid reputational risk” say responsible business experts GoodCorporation Over a quarter of the UK workforce believe their managers would bend the rules if necessary to get the job done, according to a survey by Opinium for business ethics advisers GoodCorporation, published today. The survey also…

Nurturing a good culture can actively reduce business risk

Businesses should actively promote ethical decision-making if they truly want to reduce the risk of a Volkswagen-scale scandal. Writing in Ethical Corporation, Michael Pollitt argues that businesses need to ensure that the behaviours they promote are not just in line with company values, but that they actively promote ethical decision-making and good conduct. As countless…

Tackling slavery in the supply chain

Has the Government’s supplier code of conduct missed a trick in tackling slavery in the supply chain? The Supplier Code of Conduct, published recently by the UK Government’s Commercial Function contains several reasons to be optimistic. The standards it sets for suppliers to central government on world-class innovation, greater inclusion of SMEs, zero-tolerance of harassment and greater…

What can go wrong with third party due diligence?

Working with third parties continues to be the single biggest corruption risk for business. Almost one in two enforcement actions concluded since the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention came into force in 1999 was the result of bribery through sales agents, intermediaries, distributors or brokers. Despite the clear risk, it remains one of the hardest anti-corruption areas…