Organisations are finding themselves operating in a complex environment that requires high levels of governance, compliance and transparency. This creates ever increasing demands on both Directors/Trustees and staff. For example,
- The Charities Regulatory Authority introduced the Charities Governance Code in 2018:
- Introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR);
- Being ready for compliance with Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) in good financial management.
Whether you are private organisation with a purpose to “make a profit” or a public organisation that is “not for profit” you probably find yourself facing more ethical dilemmas and more complicated decision making in your day to day work.
All of us in Ireland have been waking up to the results of a lack of social responsibility and organisational ethics. Injustice and rule bending is becoming less acceptable. Corporate recklessness, exploitation, dishonesty and negligence is bad for business too and public opinion is now re-shaping expectations and standards.
Businesses and non-profit organisations are now recognising that there can be too many negative effects and outcomes driving organisational change. As never before, there are advantages from behaving ethically, with humanity, compassion, and with proper consideration for the world.
What is ethical leadership and practice and how can Framework support you to develop yours?
A single precise definition of “being ethical” is not easy to agree, yet we all know in our gut and in our instincts when a decision is made that is based on fairness, transparency, honesty, objectivity, respect and for the greater good. Ethical Leadership means applying these strong values to not only what we do but how we do it.