ERC in the News

  • November 21, 2012

    When people call out wrongdoing at their company, they help keep the firm on the up and up. But they often do so at their own peril.

    A survey from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research firm Ethics Resource Center shows that retaliation against corporate whistle-blowers jumped in the past two years. Of those who reported wrongdoing, 22% said they suffered retribution. That's up from 15% since 2010. "That's significant and worrisome," said ERC President Patricia Harned

  • October 17, 2012
    Retaliation against workplace whistleblowers is climbing, yet companies are still falling short in their responsiveness to employees and their transparency in reporting retaliations and misconduct, according to recent surveys.

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  • September 14, 2012

    Glenn Demott says he wouldn't hesitate to blow the whistle again on corporate wrongdoing, even though he paid a high price the first time he did.

    The largest health care fraud settlement and largest criminal fine ever levied in the United States came about because the Columbus-area man and five others blew the whistle on off-label marketing of drugs at Pfizer Inc.

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  • September 11, 2012
    AOL Jobs

    The news has been filled lately with stories about whistleblowers getting staggeringly big pay outs for exposing wrong-doing at their workplaces. On Tuesday, Associated Press reported that former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld got what may be the largest award ever -- $104 million from the Internal Revenue Service for his tips on a massive tax fraud conspiracy at UBS.

  • September 7, 2012
    Ask Annie on CNN Money

     The number of people reporting workplace misconduct is on the rise, and so is retaliation against them. But you can do the right thing without jeopardizing your career.

  • August 10, 2012

    In a 2011 national survey, the Ethics Resource Center found that employees who engaged in social networking had a higher tolerance for questionable activities. For example, 50 percent of those who were avid social networkers felt that it was acceptable to hold onto documents such as annual reports and company memos from their current company, in case they needed them in a job with a new company.

  • August 7, 2012
    Compliance Week

    A recent study of ethics at U.S. Fortune 500 companies holds good news and bad news for compliance officers: Employees are more willing than ever to report wrongdoing, but levels of misconduct and whistleblower retaliation remain high.

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  • July 31, 2012

    Observed misconduct is more common in Fortune 500® companies than at the average business in the U.S.—although not dramatically so.

    Fifty-two percent of workers in the Fortune 500® companies observed misconduct in the past 12 months, compared with 45 percent among all companies in the U.S, according to the Ethics Resource Center’s (ERC) National Business Ethics Survey of Fortune 500® Employees. 

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  • July 30, 2012
    Bloomberg BNA

    U.S. companies that earn the most revenue face unique challenges that can increase the level of ethical misconduct among their employees, according to a survey report released July 24 by the Ethics Resource Center in Arlington, Va.

  • July 27, 2012

    Most Fortune 500 companies have the components of a comprehensive compliance program, but many have too many employees who feel pressured to compromise standards, a recent nationwide survey revealed. Pressures intensify in periods of growth and high profits, the survey’s sponsor said.