Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people.
- Bill Moyers
Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.
- D.H.Lawrence
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer
Ethics and your money
Making sure a lucrative contract lands in the hands of a friend or family member, keeping your prices ‘competitive’ despite knowing your product is of cheaper quality, and letting a certain employee get away with whatever they want because they are related to someone in upper management …

It doesn’t sound too bad, but what will happen to your organisation’s bottom line when other employees are not afforded the same benefits/advantages? Taking shortcuts and taking unfair advantage of circumstances in business will affect staff morale negatively. And when staff morale is low there will be a decline in quality output.

This kind of unethical behaviour has a price but doing what’s right in business has a massive positive impact on your organisation, your business reputation, and financial sustainability.

Ethics is all about being accountable for decisions and holding others to the same standard. It is both a personal and organisational habit that stems the flow of unethical behaviour in its tracks and prevents unnecessary costs, including reputational damage.

How to keep your organisation on the ethical track.
Consider how easy it seems to turn a blind eye; all you need to do is act like you didn’t know about it and not say anything.
Easy, right? Wrong!