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Latest Reports


Increasing Employee Reporting Free From Retaliation

ECI’s latest National Business Ethics Survey (NBES®), reveals that culture, leadership and values-based ethics and compliance (E&C) programs make a big difference in increasing employee reporting of workplace misconduct free from retaliation. Download report.

Report cites independent monitors can have key role in protocol for addressing corporate crime

Government enforcement officials, compliance officers and business executives strongly support use of monitors for Non-Prosecution Agreements and Deferred Prosecution Agreements. Download the Enforcement Summit Report: Executive Summary.

The State of Ethics Large Companies 

Large Companies Can Boost Ethical Performance, Cut Business Risk

Large companies can dramatically improve their integrity by implementing effective ethics and compliance programs to reduce employee misconduct and improve every key measure of workplace behavior.  On average, large companies (90,000 or more employees) with effective programs face half of the rules violations as those without effective programs.  Their employees experience less retaliation for blowing the whistle on rule-breaking and feel less pressure to compromise standards.  Download report.

NBES of the U.S. Workforce

The eighth National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) reveals that workplace misconduct is at an historic low, having steadily and significantly declined since 2007.

The report shows that 41 percent of over 6,400 workers surveyed said they have observed misconduct on the job, down from 55 percent in 2007. In addition, the report found that fewer employees felt pressure to compromise their standards, down to nine percent from 13 percent in 2011. Download report.

Support the 2015 NBES

ERC's National Business Ethics Survey is made possible by contributions from businesses, foundations and individuals. You can help us continue this important research by contributing to the NBES project. Please support us by making a donation.  Donate Today!

Blowing The Whistle On Workplace Misconduct

The whistleblower provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act raise a host of new questions for business leaders. Download the FREE report.


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Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Leading the movement for responsible organizations worldwide

For research visit ethics.org/resources
For community visit theECOA.org
For certification visit ecoafoundation.org

New name, new direction.  A message from ECI's CEO, Patricia J. Harned, Ph.D.

On behalf of our Directors and staff, I am excited to share a new day in Ethics & Compliance.

You may recall that last fall we announced the alliance of two of the most respected organizations in ethics & compliance - the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). Since then, we have listened to you to understand what your organization needs to navigate current ethics and compliance (E&C) issues, and equally important, to anticipate what is on the horizon. You challenged us to find ways to leverage the research of the ERC and the community of the ECOA to help you identify and adopt effective practices in E&C.
I'm proud to share that we have accepted the challenge to move ethics and compliance forward as the only organization with the resources to:
  • - Present new ideas and benchmarks grounded in research;
  • - Connect those ideas with practitioners and colleagues through a community dedicated to meaningful idea exchange; and
  • - Provide the rigor in education and certification to create excellence in ethics and compliance programs.

We accept this challenge under a new banner. I'm pleased to introduce the Ethics & Compliance Initiative

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