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Interim Government: Pakistan Inspires

About 18 months ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2012 I had the good fortune to walk out of a lunch meeting on global health issues with Dr. Sania Nishtar, most recently Caretaker Federal Minister in Pakistan’s interim government and Founder of the internationally renowned health NGO Heartfile. My admiration for her at the time pales in comparison to what I have had the privilege of witnessing these past two months.  (more…)

Untangling the Confusion Over Organizational Ethics

This article was first published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Summer 2013).  A wave of ethics transgressions underlines the importance of comprehensive ethics oversight for organizational success. Last year, 2012, was in many regards a step forward for proponents of ethical action. Roger Gifford, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, one of the world’s financial capitals, declared business ethics a priority and critical to the City’s economic success. François Hollande published a Code of Ethics within 11 days of becoming president of France. And the new Chinese premier, Xi Jinping, highlighted the ongoing danger of corruption to economic and social development as a central part...


Points de Pression

Des articles récents nous rappellent que, venant s’ajouter à des comportements systématiques non-éthiques (dictateurs africains détournant l’argent du pétrole, réseaux d’évasion fiscale), certains points de pression plus spécifiques donnent naissance à des défis éthiques considérables, et contagieux. Que ce soit le fait de déclarer ses revenus trimestriels à 23h59 lorsque le contrat de vente ne sera pas signé avant 8 heures le lendemain matin, si toutefois il l’est en effet, que par faiblesse on procède à des virements bancaires impliquant l’Iran lorsque ceux-ci sont interdits par la loi Américaine ou celle d’un autre pays, ou qu’on ne réagisse pas assez...

The Test of Time Part I: Proactive Ethics Oversight

I have been obsessed with time as an intellectual matter (Proust and Einstein…), a cultural matter (orchestra conductors, Big Ben, the Great Wall building process), an organizational matter (school bells, oven timers, day light savings time, airport schedule boards, time zones…), and a social matter (fashionably but annoyingly late). Time is perhaps the biggest challenge of ethics oversight for all organizations, whether for-profit, non-profit, academic, or governmental. The ethics of time is indeed intellectual, cultural, organizational, and societal for most organizations. Above all time also underlies the challenge of managing unpredictability that underlies all of my ethics work. The key...

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