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Workplace Misconduct and Reporting: A Global Look

Each year ECI conducts the Global Business Ethics Survey® (GBES®) to better understand the state of ethics in the workplace from the perspective of employees. In the 2019 GBES, ECI built upon its existing research by further exploring select areas of workplace misconduct observed by employees. The 2019 GBES asked about six types of misconduct:

  1. Abusive behavior – behavior that is abusive, intimidating or creates a hostile work environment
  2. Conflicts of interest – decisions or actions to benefit the employee/friends/family over the interests of one’s organization
  3. Corruption – the abuse of entrusted power for private gain
  4. Discrimination – actions against employees based on race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or similar categories
  5. Sexual harassment – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature and/or offensive remarks about a person’s sex
  6. Violations of health and/or safety regulations

The rates of observed misconduct for each of these misconduct areas are discussed. In addition, the report examines whether the observed misconduct was reported and if so, to whom it was reported and if the employee who reported the behavior experienced retaliation.

The 2019 GBES findings included in this report are based on employee responses from 18 countries. Global percentages consist of the median from all 18 countries. The results are provided by five global regions, composed of the following countries:

Africa & Middle East: South Africa, United Arab Emirates
Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea
Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom North America: United States, Mexico
South America: Argentina, Brazil

This is the third of four reports to be released in 2019.

ECI’s Global Business Ethics Survey (GBES) is the premier, longitudinal study on workplace behavior around the world.

Our research team conducts surveys in 18 countries to find out:

  • The latest trends and cultural shifts affecting the workplace.
  • The effect of workplace behavior on the employer/employee relationship.
  • How organizations are affected by social movements like #MeToo and much more.

This in-depth report is a thorough look at the behaviors effecting workplaces large and small in industries from financial, oil and gas, retail, service industries and more.

GBES keeps your finger on the pulse of the ethics & compliance and cultural climate worldwide. Find out how global trends could affect your organization.

ECI is trusted by ethics officers and practitioners representing some of the largest companies in the world. Since 1922, E&C professionals have leaned on ECI to provide the research, in-depth reporting and tools they need to improve their ethics & compliance programs to the highest-quality standard.

Here’s what they have to say:

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“Across business, leaders have the responsibility to develop and support high quality ethics programs to help reduce risk and drive organizational success.”
Ellen Martin. VP of Ethics and Business Conduct, The Boeing Company
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“We appreciate ECI’s continued effort to understand and report on the international state of ethics and compliance. The survey is always informative as we continue to enhance our E&C programme.”
Rahul Saxena, Group Ethics & Compliance Officer, BP
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“When I want to know if our ethics program measures up and is keeping pace with the risk landscape and regulatory framework, I turn to the Ethics & Compliance Initiative. ECI is my trusted source for benchmark reporting and other professional resources”
Lawrence V. Wasnock, LPEC, CCEP, Vice President and Corporate Ethics Officer, L3 Technologies

We are grateful to the following companies whose generosity has made this report possible:

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ECI’s research is only possible because of contributions from generous donors from the public and private sectors. For more information about how to contribute and help keep this vital research initiative alive, email Holli Redekop at holli@ethics.org, or call 571-480-4416.

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