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ECI in the News

  • July 24, 2015

    Hugh (whose name has been changed to protect his identity) was employed as a manager for a San Francisco nonprofit—until he reported negligence and theft on part of his supervisor and co-workers. Shortly after, he was laid off as “a cost-saving measure due to the charity’s sudden loss of an income stream,” although he believes he was retailed against by his employer.

  • July 22, 2015
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    How does Bozeman’s 350-employee city government do when it comes to ethical conduct?

    A study by a Montana State University researcher seeking to answer that question, presented to city commissioners this week, turned up some good news — and also some findings that city leaders say shows there’s room for improvement.

  • April 21, 2015

    Financial reporting fraud is relatively rare, but it remains a serious challenge. Research from the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has indicated that the median cumulative monetary loss resulting from instances of this type of fraud is around $12 million.[1]

  • March 12, 2015

    It might seem as though what you do outside the office doesn't affect how people in the firm see you as a leader. But it turns out your personal character plays a huge role in your ability to lead an organization with integrity. 

  • February 20, 2015
    Washington Post

    According to the Ethics Resource Center, each year almost half of U.S. employees report witnessing unethical or illegal behaviors in their workplaces. The costs of these lapses in ethics can be costly both in terms of financial metrics (fines for fraud, bankruptcies, etc.) and employee morale. Also, according to the Great Place to Work Institute report in 2012, the stock price growth of the 100 firms with the most ethical cultures outperformed stock market and peer measures by almost 300 percent.

  • February 20, 2015

    What do employees, in the aggregate, think about the ethics of business leaders?  As a former executive, I always felt, when I was in the corporate world, that this question was an intriguing one.  A reasonably perceptive observer couldn’t help but notice that while many leaders were exemplary role models that employees naturally wanted to follow, others took advantage of their positional power and seemed to be chronically above the rules they asked others to play by.

  • February 9, 2015
    International Business Times

    For seven years, Hervé Falciani was on the lam, playing cat-and-mouse with Swiss police as he hopped surreptitiously across European borders. He drove rented cars and wore eccentric disguises, fancying himself a sort of James Bond-style operative. He found strategic allies among French and Spanish authorities and reportedly courted the U.S. Department of Justice before being arrested in Barcelona in 2012.

  • August 15, 2014
    Inside Counsel

    Some 21 percent of employees who reported misconduct faced retaliation

    There is a renewed effort to clarify the protections given to corporate whistleblowers by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and the Labaton Sucharow law firm.

    The project has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to clarify rules on how corporations could silence whistleblowers via confidentiality agreements and other methods.

  • August 7, 2014
    JDSupra Business Advisors

    A recent blog post by Ethics Resource Center  President Pat Harned, reported on findings from the ERC 2013 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) of significantly more observed misconduct in companies that are under stress during mergers, acquisitions and organizational restructurings. The survey found that companies undergoing change, on average, had a 21.5 percent increase in observed misconduct.

  • August 4, 2014

    On July 30, 2014, David W. Ogden, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States and current partner with WilmerHale, urged Congress to amend the False Claims Act while testifying before the U.S.

  • Risky Business: Millennials At Work

    August 1, 2014
    Chief Learning Officer

    I’m a rule follower. I color between the lines, follow a schedule, know my boundaries. But that’s unusual for my generation. An Ethics Resource Center report on generational differences in workplace ethics found that millennials are the most at-risk generation in today’s workplace. I believe it. Gen Y take big risks in their personal and professional lives (but not financially). They’re entrepreneurial daredevils.

  • 4 ways to stop whistleblowers before they become whistleblowers
    As the government makes it easier for hospital employees to report fraud and quality issues, and social media gives disgruntled employees an outlet to air dirty laundry, hospitals must work with employees to make them feel comfortable addressing concerns internally, Hospitals & Health Networks reported.