ERC's Latest Documents

ERC produces research that informs your work and advances the ethics and compliance field as a whole. ERC's latest contributions include:

  • December 11, 2014
    A Research Report from the National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES®). In every human endeavor, including ethics, leadership can make the difference between success and failure. As part of its National Business Ethics Survey®, ERC set out to learn what’s required for successful ethical leadership and what leaders can do to set an ethical tone at the top and inspire employees to do the right thing.
  • July 31, 2014
    ERC Tells Congress That Strong Ethics Programs Would Bolster False Claims Act
  • February 4, 2014
    The eighth National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) reveals that workplace misconduct is at an historic low, having steadily and significantly declined since 2007.
  • November 19, 2013
    According to ERC's latest NBES study “National Business Ethics Survey® of the U.S. Construction Industry”, employees in the U.S. construction industry are more at risk for facing workplace ethics issues, but they are also more willing to blow the whistle on misconduct than employees in other industries.
  • August 16, 2013
    Social networking is transforming the office environment in unpredictable ways, with changes that could potentially involve employees at all levels. Watch the August 12, 2013 webinar discussing the findings of ERC's NBES of Social Networkers.
  • July 17, 2013
    This study investigates how social networking is affecting the way work gets done, reshaping relationships among workers at all levels of an organization, and altering attitudes about the type of conduct that is acceptable in the workplace.
  • June 24, 2013
    This report delves into trends among four specific generational groups- Millennials, Generation X (Gen X’ers), Boomers, and Traditionalists. Each generation, shaped by significant world events and cultural trends, exhibits distinct differences when it comes to ethics. According to the study, certain age groups are more “at risk” than others when it comes to the four key measures of ethical performance- pressure to compromise standards, misconduct, reporting, and retaliation. For instance, the report reveals that the younger the worker, the more likely they are to feel pressure, observe misconduct, and experience retaliation for reporting.
  • June 14, 2013
    In February 2013, just over a year after releasing a report by an independent advisory group on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations’ (FSGO) first 20 years, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) called together government enforcement officials and members of the corporate compliance community for a policy Summit to consider ways to encourage corporate compliance through federal enforcement practices. With the advisory group’s recommendations as a point of departure, the Summit examined the FSGO’s role in government enforcement decisions, the relevance of corporate compliance and ethics (C/E) programs in those decisions, and how enforcement officers and corporate compliance officers could support each other in their efforts to deter misconduct. This report summarizes the Summit discussion around key issues and suggestions for next steps.
  • May 30, 2013
    This report focuses on the concept of “procedural justice” and whether its consistent application in response to complaints might help win employee acceptance – even when the reporters are unhappy with the substantive outcome. What we found is good news for companies. It turns out that the way companies address complaints is often as important to employees as the outcome.