PROETHICS TRAINING SERVICES
Our main expertise lies in organisational training and development. Our training offering includes the following programmes:
- The legal and governance duties of company directors (one day)
- International anti-corruption legislation and developments (half day)
- Anti-corruption, corporate governance and ethics management for top or middle management (one to two days)
- Ethical leadership for senior management (one day)
- Aligning strategy and an ethical culture (one day)
- How to become an expert trainer: presentation and facilitation skills (one day)
- Learn to communicate effectively and gain staff commitment (one day)
- Introduction to corporate ethics and etiquette (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)
- Responsibilities and rights of the Social and Ethics Committee (one day).
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
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 codes of conduct
- 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 2009 King III 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 III Report states that:
- companies must involve ethics in all company aspects and activities;
- the board must show strategic ethical leadership; and
- ethics must be actively managed in the company.
This is achieved through the adoption of an ethics management programme. Such 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 King III, 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.
- 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.