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U.K.’s top ethical lapses in 2018

Neil Hodge | February 1, 2019

Banking and finance, information technology (IT), and the professional services sectors recorded the biggest number of ethical lapses, according to the number of negative news stories published about them in the U.K. press, says the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE).

The research found that most of the ethical issues concerning the banking sector were related to corporate behaviour and culture, followed by bribery and corruption.

The technology sector’s ethical problems primarily centred around data privacy breaches, while the main issues in the professional services sector focused on behaviour and culture, followed by the treatment of employees, speaking up/whistleblowing, and conflicts of interest.

Overall—and irrespective of sector—over a third (35 percent) of ethical lapses reported concerned the treatment of employees and/or business culture. Data...

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