AretéWork Quarterly – The Year-in-Review – 2020

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AretéWork Quarterly – The Year-in-Review – 2020

Well, what a year! It has certainly tested our resilience and ability to adapt. I’m grateful for my long held value of “ease with uncertainty” which more than came in handy this year. Much was lost but there have been some good things too; in particular a reconnection with some fundamental human values.

On the negative side I place poor political leadership in some countries, where a double standard appeared to apply, leading inevitably to a loss of trust and a drop in compliance with the measures required to stop the spread of Covid19. In my view, this is the most important challenge for 2021.

Work has continued however, so welcome to the last 2020 edition of the AretéWork Quarterly – it has fresh news and articles that relate to Ethical Business Practice and Ethical Business Regulation.

If I haven’t run into you at a recent virtual conference or zoom call – then I hope to do so in 2021! Meanwhile, keep reading (and clicking) – and if you don’t want to wait a full three months between updates, be sure to follow along on Twitter , LinkedIn and of course the AretéThoughts blog (right here).

We’re here to help meanwhile. Just get in touch.

Wishing you a happy holiday season, and dare I hope, for a healthy and happy 2021. #staysafe and please wear a mask, wherever you are!


2020 In Quick Review

OECD Partner talks

Join us at the 2020 OECD Anti-Corruption & Integrity Knowledge Partner talks – watch the videos to learn more about the latest insights of civil society and academia on a range of issues including beneficial ownership, sovereign wealth funds, and ethical business regulation.

Key take-aways from this year’s #BetterRegulation conference

Organised by FIPRA and the European Justice Forum – here’s just one of several useful take-aways:

“The basic idea is to say let’s regulate through ethical culture, rather than through deterrence. Let’s have a problem-solving approach, rather than the linear approach of identifying breaches.” “When you have a business and regulator committed to ethical business practices, the relationship between the two is ethical business regulation. Then, we need lots of regulators and businesses involved to maximize effectiveness.”

Professor Christopher Hodges

What will you be reading in 2021?

I’ve recently started Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt – and I am also looking forward to reading the recently published The Crisis of Confidence in Legislation, edited by Maria De Benedetto, Nicola Lupo and Nicoletta Rangone. It tackles the important issue of the low levels of trust and confidence of citizens in legislation and enforcement and the consequences for regulation, and suggests ways to improve the situation. The book grew out of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Legislation – IAL, which took place in Rome in October 2019.

What will you be reading in 2021?

Please do share – let me know vie LinkedIn, Twitter or good old fashioned email.

2021 #EthicsDates

Some of the events coming up in 2021 – any missing? Let us know… add #EthicsDates to your tweet / LinkedIn post.

2021 European Business Ethics e-Forum

Online: 2 – 4 February 2021

9th Annual SCCE ECEI European Compliance & Ethics Institute

Virtual | 15-17 March 2021

Virtual | 20-22 April 2021

Book Launch: Culture Audit in Financial Services

London | 3 June 2021 – pre-order now


Everywhere | 17 October 2021

Also, the Institute of Business Ethics offers a range of training sessions and events throughout the year.

I hope you enjoyed this excerpt of the AretéWork Quarterly. You can read the full issue here.

Let’s build #EthicalBusinessPractice together