Corporate Governance and Ethics

In its quest of ensuring that a just war is waged against the scourge of corruption CESA has partnered with Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren to present a corporate governance and ethics course to their members and any other organisation wanting to be part of the solution.

We are at a defining moment in our country?s history. The tragic violence brought on
by Marikana, the multitude of service boycotts, countless reports of corruption,
ineffective policy execution and the high inequality levels in South Africa, are
indicators that the country has broadly-based value creation issues.

Based on his chapter on board selection and risk, Amrop Landelahni, director Alan Witherden said that SA companies undertaking operations in multiple jurisdictions across Africa are faced with divergent legislative and governance regimes that make doing business more complex.

The Department of Governance and Traditional Affairs has announced that that
municipal managers could face a ban if found to have committed fraud or corruption.
This was stated in its Municipal Systems Amendment Act draft.

The emergence that Lance Armstrong, seven-times winner of the Tour de France, not
only used prohibited performance-enhancing drugs in each of his victories but also
led a highly organized doping program of remarkable sophistication could have
widespread legal ramifications for professional sports.

Increased competitiveness globally, along with economic uncertainty, massive technological advances pose increased challenges to directors. Sandra Burmeister speaks about the importance of sound corporate governance and the consequences of unethical leadership.

In recent times it has become much easier for companies to operate in various countries simultaneously. The most integral challenge for these companies is to align its strategies with the corporate governance policies within each country. Within SA BEE requirements pose particular challenges to companies.

Denel has been named by the Centre for Corporate Governance as the best-performing state-owned company in terms of corporate governance. Their commitment to good corporate governance has been increasingly recognised by independent analysts.

Ethics in business has come under increasing scrutiny over the years as businesses use more and more underhanded means to beat their competitors to a customer?s door. The real problem with the topic of business ethics is the perception of the company.

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair underlined governance as the biggest challenge facing Africa. He also called for African countries to put sound economic and political institutions in place during a keynote address at the Discovery Invest leadership summit.

We are at a defining moment in history where the state of the world has recently been described by a UN official as one that is characterised by conflict, crises and catastrophes. Now more than ever there is a need for ethical corporate decision-making.

Do you steal or waste time at work? Conducting yourself with integrity is about more than doing the right thing, it means doing the right thing when no-one is looking. Elmarie Pretorius talks about the importance of transparency and honesty in the workplace.

The Citizens in Partnership with Government has selected its 2012 interim board memebers. The body aims to promote a positive and constructive approach to communication between the country?s citizens and government in confronting the major challenges that the country faces.

As government launches its planned infrastructure projects all eyes will fall on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and their ability to implement these programmes. 'SOE compliance with codes of good governance is a fundamental aspect' says Sandra Burmeister.

Information management is a critical part of corporate governance and the latest King III report is aimed at establishing guidelines for the management and protection of information, emphasising the link between IT and corporate governance.

Online social networks may present opportunities to reach new audiences and communicate with existing stakeholders but it also increases risk, as the potential to damage the reputation or image of the organisation is multiplied through poor risk management and corporate governance policies.

How should we address unethical behaviour in the workplace? Whether its stealing stationary or company profits many employees are confronted with unethical behaviour on a daily basis and feel at a loss to deal with it. In his video David Batstone provides practical steps to addressing this common issue.

White collar crime is one of the leading causes of a blackened corporate image as statistics reveal it as the origin of 18% of reported business crises. Consumer activisim and labour disputes are two more reasons for managers to tighten security systems and operational crisis management plans.


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