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Code of Ethics & Total Ethics Management Workshop

PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) 2016 Global Economic Crime Survey pages 26 to 88 highlight how essential ethics are within businesses / organisations. The Survey states, “Almost half the incidents of serious economic crimes were perpetrated by internal parties. Trust and compliance can be the difference between retaining or losing top talent.  In today's continuously evolving marketplace, it's vital to have a strategy to align ethics and compliance with business risks. A worrying 22% of organisations have not carried out a fraud risk assessment in the past 24 months. People & culture: Your first line of defence - At the heart of any economic crime is a poor decision driven by human behaviour. So it stands to reason that the answer should start with people. That means not only instilling clear processes and principles for your employees, but also creating a culture where compliance is hard-wired to values – and to the overarching strategy of the organisation.”

The Report goes on...

“Disconnect between the tone at the top and the reality on the ground. People and culture are your first line of defence. One in five respondents in the survey state they are not aware of the existence of a formal ethics and compliance programme and many are confused about who owns it internally. How is your business strategy aligned with and led by your organisational values?”

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) “Report to Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse - 2016 Sub-Sahara Africa Edition page 16  highlights that 91.9% of victim organisations surveyed had a code of conduct (which includes a code of ethics) as one of their primary anti-fraud controls / tools. The report goes on to demonstrate more fraud is highlighted where a code of conduct / ethics is in place. One can deduce that not having a code of conduct / ethics contributes to frauds being undetected when they take place, and therefore the need to have an implemented code of conduct / ethics.

A documented and implemented Code of Ethics / Conduct and Total Ethics Management Programme (TEMP) are important mechanisms / pillars in risk management to mitigate the likelihood of employees (regardless of their level in the business / organisation) committing fraud, theft, or being dishonest.

As a Certified Ethics Officer I offer a full service ethics and Total Ethics Management Programme (TEMP). This includes interventions such as implementing a code of conduct / ethics, ethics workshops, and TEMP’s. The one day ethics workshop on offer will assist your business / organisation realise the following outcomes for participants. Contact Steve Krummeck directly on +telephone number +27 11 7041395 to discuss further and arrange your workshop, and or other ethics interventions.

1. Participants will gain an understanding of the difference between Ethics, Values and a Code of Ethics;

2. Participants will have a comprehensive understanding of what a Code of Ethics is and why its essential organizations and or businesses have a documented and implemented Code of Ethics;

3. Participants will gain an understanding of what a Total Ethics Management Programme is and why such a programme is essential an a businesses / organizations Fraud & Crime Prevention Plan;

4. Participants will gain an understanding of their roles and responsibilities in terms of a Code of Ethics and a Total Ethics Management Programme (TEMP);

5. Participants will be empowered to take ethical decisions;

6. Participants will be able to determine what is and what is not ethical behaviour;

7. Participants will gain an understanding of what role they play in creating an ethical culture within their business / organisation;

8. Participants will gain an understanding of what policies and procedures across an business / organisation pertain to the Group Code of Ethics;

9. Participants will gain an appreciation of recent ethics disasters and how ethics disasters could affect their own business / organisation;

10. Participants will be able to report ethics incidents and or suspicions;

11. Participants will have a deeper understanding of what skills and knowledge is required of an ethics officer;

12. Participants will have an understanding of what’s required to train, develop, and implement an ethics officer, an ethics office, and a total ethics management programme;

13. Participants will gain an understanding as to what a businesses / organisations Human Resources Ethics training requirements are; and

14. Participants will be have knowledge of a Groups Ethics Office, its structure and reporting lines, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Group Ethics Officer/s;

15. Participants will have an understanding of the tasks an Ethics Officers must perform;

16. Participants will gain insight into the formulation of an Ethics Officers performance agreement.