The South African Business Ethics survey has found that more than half of South Africans in the corporate world turn a blind eye to business misconduct.
Rossouw said although whistleblowers are protected by the law, the public should not have high expectations of being fully protected should employees speak out.
702's John Robbie spoke to CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa, Professor Deon Rossouw, regarding the matter.
Listen to the interview below:
The one reason that is clearly having an impact on ethics in our organisations is the economic downturn.— Prof Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of SA
The thing that we should be concerned about it the percentage of employees who observe misconduct and don't report it has also gone up.— Prof Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of SA
The two reasons that stand out are fear of victimisation and the second one is that they thought that not much would happen.— Prof Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of SA