ERC in the News

  • February 6, 2014
    Washington Post

    The headlines may be filled with news about business scandals, from charges of insider trading at SAC Capital to the alleged Libor rate-rigging manipulation involving major banks. Yet workplace misconduct is actually at a historic low, according to a newly released survey from the Ethics Resource Center, a research nonprofit focused on ethical standards at both public and private organizations.

  • February 5, 2014
    Business News Daily

    Employees are doing a much better job of staying out of trouble, a new study finds.

    Research from the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), revealed that workplace misconduct has reached an historic low, having steadily and significantly declined since 2007. Specifically, 41 percent of employees have observed misconduct on the job, down from 55 percent in 2007.

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  • February 4, 2014
    Compliance Week

    Workplace misconduct is at an historic low, having steadily and significantly declined since 2007. That's the encouraging news from a new survey released by the Ethics Resource Center.

    The center's National Business Ethics Survey, conducted every two years, found that 41 percent of more than 6,400 workers surveyed said they have observed misconduct on the job, down from 55 percent in 2007. The report also found that fewer employees felt pressure to compromise their standards, down to nine percent from 13 percent in 2011.

  • February 4, 2014
    Wall Street Journal

    Corporate misconduct might seem like a growth industry but a long-running survey of corporate behavior indicates that attention to ethical standards has never been better, or at least not for 20 years.

  • December 20, 2013
    Accounting Web

    The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) has been conducting nationally representative surveys of ethical attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs in the US workforce since 1994. Its latest comprehensive report, 2011 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) of Social Networkers: New Risks and Opportunities at Work, included a series of questions about social networks and the people who use them.

  • October 3, 2013

    On October 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its largest whistleblower award yet, $14 Million, to a person “whose information led to an SEC enforcement action that recovered substantial investor funds.”   Congress authorized the whistleblower program in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to reward individuals who offer high-quality original information that leads to an SEC enforcement action resulting in sanctions of more than $1 million.  The first whistleblower award was given in August 2012 in the amount of $50,000.  My how times have changed.

  • September 25, 2013
    Corporate Compliance Insights

    Learn about ERC's President and her work in the ethics community.

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  • September 20, 2013
    New York Times

    WHISTLE-BLOWERS have been big news lately — from Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning, to Edward J. Snowden. Yet, for most people, the question of whether to expose unethical or illegal activities at work doesn’t make headlines or involve state secrets.

    But that doesn’t make the problem less of a quandary. The question of when to remain quiet and when to speak out — and how to do it — can be extraordinarily difficult no matter what the situation.

  • August 12, 2013
    Accounting Web

    In June, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) published a new study that provides further analysis of its 2011 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES). The Washington, DC–based ERC is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and the advancement of high ethical standards and practices in public and private organizations. The initial analysis of the 2011 NBES showed unexpected and disturbing findings that may portend a future downward shift in business ethics.

  • August 9, 2013

    Organization leaders should take a cue from their employees and spend some time on social media, experts said.

    Even though employees may misuse social media—and need to be trained on what is and is not acceptable—it is a powerful tool that companies can use to promote ethical practices and culture, a recent study found. 

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