In my view, ‘who’ decides ‘what’ is ethical behavior matters here. This goes back to the moral compass of the leaders who lead by example and not just by cheap talk. Whenever there are doubts about ethical behaviors inside organizations, we should be transparent about it and ask:
- How is ethical behavior systemized in terms of policies, procedures and incentives in your organization?
- Who manages the ethical standards of your organization? Hint: It is not one person.
- Why ethical behaviour is important for your organization and those you interact with?