Creating a Moral and Safe Organizational Culture

The world is awash in scandal. In international soccer we are treated to revelations of corruption and bribes at the highest level of FIFA. From international finance we learn that five of the biggest and most powerful banks colluded to price-fix the daily interest rate they charge each other (LIBOR) on nearly $1-trillion of trading assets. Rogue traders were blamed, no one went to jail, and the culprit banks have paid fines of over $6-billion without missing a beat.

Closer to home we have the Senate expense scandal, which led to the suspension of a number of senators, most notably Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin. Late in 2014 the CBC dismissed star broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi on charges of alleged sexual abuse, only to have to defend its senior business news journalist Amanda Lang and news anchor Peter Mansbridge on allegations of conflict of interest. Evan Solomon, heir apparent to hosting the National and a heavyweight in his own right, resigned after it was learned he secretly earned over $300,000 in commission on art deals that he steered his interview subjects to. And let us not forget the shameful Dalhousie School of Dentistry scandal, where several male, fourth year grads posted sexually degrading comments about some of their female classmates on their private Facebook page, jeopardizing not only their future rights to practice, but besmirching the name of their university and school. Lastly, we have the allegations of institutional sexual harassment at the prestigious Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and the release of an investigative report into “an underlying sexual culture” in the Canadian Armed Forces that was described as overtly hostile to women and homosexuals.

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