Survey reveals a drop in ethical sentiment among SA professionals

If you look at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, the different types of testimony submitted by current and former public servants, as well as the Steinhoff and VBS Bank scandals, what is bubbling under, is the issue of ethical leadership in both the private and the public sector.

A survey has been conducted around ethical leadership, and according to the findings, ethical sentiment among professional South Africans dropped sharply following a bruising year of corporate scandals.

According to a survey conducted by the Anti Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum, 1 in 4 people believe that financial success is more important than doing the right thing.

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25% in the public sector says that they fear for their lives when reporting wrongdoing.

CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors of SA Dr Claudelle von Eck says the objective of the survey was to get a sense from professionals in South Africa about the state of ethics in the country.

And we look at ethics in different dimensions, the one is ethics is society and the other is ethics in our organisations, and that is across the board, both public and private sectors in the different industries.

Dr Claudelle von Eck, CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors of SA

She says they also look at ethics in professional bodies.

And the professional experience they have had in terms of reporting unethical behaviour that they have observed.

Dr Claudelle von Eck, CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors of SA

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