Magazine article HRMagazine

Ethical Culture Is a Top Priority

Magazine article HRMagazine

Ethical Culture Is a Top Priority

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Creating a culture of ethics and respect emerged as the top goal for compliance training in a recent survey of 763 compliance and HR professionals.

Ninety percent of the respondents cited culture-building as a primary objective, according to the survey conducted by an independent research company for Navex Global, which provides compliance software and services.

That's slightly more than the 89 percent who said complying with laws and regulations is a key goal. Survey participants were allowed to choose multiple goals.

The results may signal a shiftin thinking. Historically, the primary objective for many companies has been to comply with legal requirements and to provide a legal defense against lawsuits.

The shiftreflects a broader awareness of the need to help employees understand what it means to act ethically, wrote Ingrid Fredeen and Mary Bennett, co-authors of Navex Global's 2014 Ethics and Compliance Training Benchmark Report, which included the survey results. …

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