PROETHICS TRAINING SERVICES

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Our main expertise lies in organisational training and development. Our training offering includes the following programmes:

  • The legal and governance duties of company directors and prescribed officers (one day)
  • Responsibilities and rights of the Social and Ethics Committee (one day).
  • The local and international anti-corruption legal framework (one day)
  • Anti-corruption, corporate governance and ethics management for top or middle management (one to two days)
  • Ethical leadership for senior management (one day)
  • Instilling a culture of integrity at work: The elements of an ethics action plan (one day)
  • Ethics awareness for management or staff (one day)
  • How to become an expert trainer: presentation and facilitation skills (one day)
  • How to blow the whistle at work (half day)
  • Ethics in action: how to be ethical at work for staff and suppliers (one day)

PROETHICS SURVEY

It is important to know where organisations can improve the way things are done, in order to promote ethical behaviour and be good corporate citizens. ProEthics offers the following measurement tool:

  • Ethics Health Assessment

The 2009 King III Report on Corporate Governance recommended the adoption of an ethics management programme. The four main steps that are to be followed include:

  1. Assess the current culture.
  2. Choose and codify your values to support a healthy culture (code of ethics).
  3. Institutionalise your chosen values.
  4. Regularly evaluate and report on the effectiveness of your formalised standards.

The 2016 King IV Report Report on Corporate Governance builds on this view and takes the position that one of the mechanisms that will unlock ethics in an organisation is monitoring of ethical behaviour.

It is thus clear that the assessment of the organisational ethical culture is an important element of effective ethics management.

The findings of our ethics health assessment will set a benchmark whereby improvements or risks/gaps in ethics management can be measured and governed in future.


THE PROETHICS ETHICS HEALTH ASSESSMENT TOOL

Because ProEthics promotes professional ethics, we have developed an Ethics Health Assessment measurement tool for corporates. The survey obtains participants’ honest views and perceptions about the ethical culture or how things are really done in an organisation. It also analyses perceptions and beliefs about ethical leadership and questions personal ethical behaviour and choices.

The survey has the following features:

  • it is conducted via the Survey Monkey platform
  • participants have to answer 170 questions
  • internal employees as well as external stakeholders, like agents, consultants, contractors, service providers, etc. may be invited to participate in the survey
  • the questions are easy to understand and written in plain English
  • the survey is quick and takes no longer than 25 minutes to complete
  • answers are completely anonymous and sent directly to ProEthics
  • the survey results are reliable and objective as ProEthics is an external and independent service provider
  • no participant’s identity is known, preventing any victimisation for a negative answer.

Please contact us if you are interested to find out more.

PROETHICS OTHER SERVICES

We also provide the following services:

  • Organisational ethics investigations and reports
  • Legal opinions on anti-corruption and ethics issues
  • Policy and framework development and revision
  • Development of ethics statements and corporate values
  • Support for internal ethics communication campaigns by developing tailor-made communication content, e.g. newsletters
  • Customised training communication tools such as practical exercises, storybooks, value statements, etc.
  • Development of e-learning material
  • Conference presentations
  • Writing of articles for newsletters or formal publications.

WHY PROETHICS SERVICES ARE IMPERATIVE – NEW LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Anti-competitive market behaviour, corrupt practices, corporate irregularities and unethical behaviour have a significantly negative impact on professional service delivery, reputation and ultimately profit of organisations. New local and international laws call for a recommitment to sound corporate governance practices, effective risk management policies and ethical behaviour by organisations.

The adoption and implementation of the South African Companies Act of 2008 introduces a higher level of accountability for company directors and echoes international standard-setting guidelines. The Act places onerous duties on directors (and prescribed officers) and requires them to illustrate that they acted with care, skill, diligence and in good faith while managing the affairs of the organisation in a responsible way. If, for example, a bribe is paid by a senior company officer, directors may jointly and severally be held criminally liable. Personal legal liability may also be incurred.

The 2016 King IV Corporate Governance Report and Code places the onus on leadership to build an ethical culture with a trusted reputation in order to prevent, reduce or eliminate misconduct (unethical or unlawful conduct). Chapter 1 of the King IV Report states that:

  • Members of the governing body should cultivate ethical characteristics; and
  • An ethics management programme should be implemented and monitored.

An ethics management system dovetails with demands set by new international laws and best practice standards such as the United Nations Global Compact.

Ethics training is seen as central to an ethics management (or integrity management) process. Although King III does NOT constitute legislation, it sets the standard of best practice in South Africa. Corporate governance practices, ethics codes and guidelines lift the bar of what are regarded as appropriate standards of conduct. Consequently, any failure to meet a recognised standard of governance, albeit not legislated, may also render a board or individual director liable at law.

In the light of the King Reports, the new Companies Act, international best practice anti-corruption guidelines and due diligence requirements set by international business partners, ProEthics’ services are designed to meet these legislative demands and best practice standards, thereby expanding their cross-border business opportunities, competitiveness and long-term sustainability.

 

BENEFITS OF OUR SERVICES

The international and local laws that govern anti-corruption are complex and extra-territorial in application – making it a difficult but critical concern for business to proactively manage. Our academic background and years of practical experience in this landscape ideally position us to empower our clients to comply with the relevant laws and prevent monetary losses and reputational damage.

With our training interventions delegates will learn to:

  • not fall victim to, or participate in corruption or fraud;
  • have more confidence to report wrongdoing in the workplace;
  • make the right ethical choice when faced with a dilemma or grey area in business;
  • take responsibility for their actions and decisions;
  • demonstrably live the organisational values;
  • become an ethics champion in the workplace and inspire others to do the right thing at all times; and
  • be an ambassador for the good name of their organisation and hence increase investor confidence.

Organisations will:

  • gain a competitive advantage in the market place by complying with local and international best practice standards and legislation;
  • prevent losses resulting from criminal acts and irregularities;
  • build a strong reputation and trustworthy brand;
  • promote sustainability, profit and success through responsible governance practices;
  • increase transparency and accountability; and
  • boost investor confidence and improve business opportunities.
 

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