Input for the C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

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We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this difficult time. The coronavirus pandemic was precipitated by and will be exacerbated by corruption, and reminds us once again why accountability and transparency are so important.

This year, our Director Blair Glencorse is leading the C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, the global civil society initiative that will provide policy proposals to the G20 on issues of anti-corruption.

He’d love to hear your ideas and have you as part of this process too: Sign up here!

Along with many other civil society organizations globally, Accountability Lab has drafted a policy paper with priorities for the G20. Blair would love your thoughts and feedback to make sure the G20 hears what you care about. Get in touch with Blair Glencorse to access the policy paper and share your comments. Alternatively, tweet ideas at @accountlab.

This an an opportunity to make critical anti-corruption and accountability reforms a global priority.

7 Levels of Ethical Business Practice

For the next 7 Thursdays, we present the Seven Levels of Ethical Business Practice to help leaders consciously create effective, ethical cultures – it is a collaboration with the Barrett Values Centre.

Read the first article here:

And do help spread the word:

The Ethics of Events during a Pandemic

In this impromptu episode of Christian Hunt’s Human Risk Podcast, Richard Bistrong, Christian and I discuss the ethics of holding an in-person event at the time of a pandemic.

The discussion arose because the three of us were due to attend an Ethics Conference together next month. That Conference has now been switched to become a virtual one.

This led us to think about the challlenges of running ethical, and other) events at a time like the present.

If you find that interesting, you may also want to subscribe to the Human Risk Newsletter (and share the tweet too):

2020 #NSFconference flashback

A few quick tweets with key points from the 2020 NSF Conference – do help share:

Thanks to all the tweeters who shared – find even more here: #NSFconference

P.S. Looking for some download and keep resources? Look no further…

#EthicalBusinessPractice: Culture eats compliance for breakfast

NSF Conference 2020: Doing the Right Thing

Corona-permitting, a bunch of interesting topics will be discussed at this year’s conference:

  • How ethical business behaviour brings about financial benefit
  • Delivering to the values of mission-led consumers
  • Thinking value – not supply – chain
  • Creating radical business change through individual employee behaviours
  • New approaches to regulation – FSA update

I’m running a session that looks at how and why compliance is an outcome of an effective ethical culture and the implications for compliance professionals and leaders alike. Sustainable success is built on a healthy culture that considers the interests of all stakeholders. Compliance, safety and quality managers make an important contribution to the bottom line; we discuss ways in which that can be enhanced.

Follow along: #EthicalBusinessPractice (works on both Twitter and LinkedIn).

See highlights from the 2019 NSF Conference

2020 CFR Regulatory Conference

Join us at the Community of Federal Regulators’ ReIMAGINE REGULATION FOR BETTER OUTCOMES conference. It runs from April 28-29 November 10-11, 2020 at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. I will give a talk, and run a workshop on Ethical Business Regulations.

Also, my co-author professor Chris Hodges and Graham Russel from the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards will explore the Framework of Ethical Business Regulations.

And I hope I get a chance to attend the sessions by Harry Armstrong from Nesta (The Application of Anticipatory and Adaptive Regulations), the Regulatory Sandbox Case Studies with David Tait from the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority – and many more. And I hope to see you there.

Stay tuned to #EthicalBusinessRegulation – and @CFR_CRF for updates + Suivre en français @CRF_CFR

Compliance Won’t Take Root or Grow in a Toxic Culture

Diagnosing and Dealing with Toxicity is a Cross-Functional Endeavor

At the 8th Annual European Compliance & Ethics Institute in Amsterdam I will run a session covering:

How to Think Holistically About Integrity Management

  • Culture eats compliance for breakfast. Learn why it is important to recognize the signs of toxicity in your organizational culture and how to do so:
  • You may be wasting your resources trying to plant compliance in infertile soil
  • The 7 levels of ethics and compliance: are you neglecting some of them?
  • How to think holistically about what you are trying to achieve

We talk about culture all the time these days, but what can you really do to co-create an effective ethical culture? How do you construct a solid values-based foundation to address the real issues that no one wants to face?

Tackle global compliance and ethics challenges with your industry peers at ECEI 2020. Discuss different strategies to address anti-corruption, data protection, and risk management. Register Now.

New Year New Website

AretéWork turns nine this March. In time for that we’ve done a refresh – and here’s a quick overview of what you’ll find on these pages:

Want to stay updated? Follow #EthicalBusinessPractice on LinkedIn and Twitter.

3 Useful Questions in Dispute Resolution

I’ve just been reading through a recent report from my long-time collaborator professor Christopher Hodges. It is full of insights, here’s just one quick highlight:

Every dispute resolution pathway should be reviewed against its ability to provide satisfactory answers to three questions:

  1. How do people identify and access information, advice, support, and assistance in solving their problems?
  2. How do we ensure that dispute resolution pathways are simple, effective, and cost-effective and deliver justice to people and organizations?
  3. How do we identify systemic problems, and address them so as to reduce risk of future recurrence?

You can download the full report on the – and whilst there you’ll also find other publications that may be of interest, including: