The Dodd-Frank Act expanded existing whistleblower programs, providing cash rewards for significant information given to the SEC. Despite these efforts to stimulate whistleblowing, companies are putting limits on how much (or how little) their employees can report fraud.
A new study shows that the ethical behavior of younger workers differs from that of older generations. Business leaders should strengthen their ethics and compliance programs to address these differences.
With the goal of making it more user-friendly and intuitive for members, the AICPA has completed a proposed revision of its Code of Professional Conduct. AICPA members have until August 15 to submit comments on the proposal.
Surveys highlight increased prevalence and value of sustainability and corporate responsibility reporting for public companies, but lack of standardization and notable failures show that more needs to be done before these reports can be truly reliable.
The IESBA has issued an exposure draft intended to encourage accountants to blow the whistle on unethical companies or individuals; some of the changes may conflict with other ethical responsibilities.
Findings from a survey of ethics in the workplace may portend a future downward shift in business ethics. The percentage of companies with a weak ethical culture is on the rise, as is the number of employees who experienced retaliation for blowing the whistle on observed misconduct.
Concerns about cheating in school are nothing new, but they usually don't include teachers. The widespread scandals of teachers cheating on standardized tests provide the wrong ethical guidance to those who will later staff and lead business organizations.
Trust is a vital element of business, yet it's difficult to measure and often gets overlooked. Two research groups have devised their own rating systems to determine which companies are most trustworthy.
July was a busy month for the SEC. Five of the enforcement cases charged or settled that month involved large, well-known companies, including KBR, Goldman Sachs, Dell, General Electric, and Citigroup.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) once again is in the news for ethics violations. For more than two years, Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been the target of an investigation involving a growing list of charges.
The actions of colleges and universities provide examples to their students of how to act with – or without – a high level of ethical standards. From grading practices to sustainability, these institutions need to be cognizant of the message they send.
Research studies from the Ethics Resource Center examine how a strong ethical culture and effective tone at the top permeate through all levels of an organization, while a study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners emphasizes the importance of an anonymous hotline for the reporting of misdeeds.