ERC in the News

  • 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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  • July 23, 2013
    Associations Now

    A new study by the Ethics Resource Center looks at risks and potential benefits of social networking in the workplace and how it is changing the way we work.

    More people are logging onto social networks at the office, increasing the potential for ethical lapses in workplace behavior while at the same time providing business opportunities, according to a new study by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC).

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  • July 12, 2013
    CSR Wire

    How do you get employees to behave ethically at all times? With so many aspects, approaches and so many different people to align against a common behavioral standard, it's not an easy nut to crack.

    The workplace is a complex dynamic, with pressures and stresses, often pulling people in different directions between personal interest and corporate interest, and several other interests in between.

  • July 3, 2013
    Investor's Business Daily

    Kathleen Edmond has made a big impact on the culture at electronics retailer Best Buy (BBY) as its chief ethics officer. So big, in fact, that Edmonds won the Carol R. Marshall Award for innovation this year from the Ethics Resource Center. Here are ways she and others have helped ingrain such behavior into firms' DNA.