A number of things have cropped up over the recent years:
- Clearly Toyota has some "ethical" questions to answer with regard to brakes, accelarators and now steering systems.
- It seems unutterbaly proven that there were dubious (at best) ethics in banking which allowed the situation to arise for the financial crisis.
- A few politicians in the UK have exhibited less than the highest standards in the ethical field.
- Greece (aided and abetted by at least one bank) appears to have been cooking the books, with disastrous consequences for other Eurozone countries.
- BAe has paid a stinging penalty to the US and a modest one in the UK.
- We have a new bribery act coming onto the statute book in the UK (if it gets through before the election).
I believe that risk management can ONLY work where there is an ethical dimension to the organisation. And yet, perversely, this allows free-riding unethical corporations to duck and weave unhindered and leave the ethical corporation trailing - at least for a period of time.
I would welcome people's views on the interaction of ethics and risk management.
As ever, I am likely to turn the discussion into a paper in due course, summarising the contributions - if you are uncomfortable with that, let me know in your response.