Ethical Misconduct

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Ethical misconduct prevalent in workplace
Internal Auditor, Dec, 2005 by A. Millage • 1 • 2 • Next »
DESPITE AN INCREASE IN the number of formal ethics programs in the workplace, ethical misbehavior is on the rise. According to a recent survey by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), more than half of 3,000 U.S. workers polled have observed at least one type of ethical misconduct in the past year.
The "2005 National Business Ethics Survey" (NBES) sought workers' opinions on workplace ethics trends, the implementation and impact of formal programs, the ethical culture of organizations, and factors that pose risks of misconduct. The ERC has conducted four such surveys in the past 11 years. This year's findings reveal that although
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"We know formal programs are critical and work well initially, but we must now focus greater attention on building the right culture in which programs operate. This data shows, for example, that management needs to lead by example and set the right tone throughout the whole organization."
To read an executive summary of the NBES, or to order the survey in its entirety, visit the ERC Web site at
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