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Embedding the ethos of codes of ethics into corporate South Africa: current status

Mpinganjira, Mercy, Roberts-Lombard, Mornay, Wood, Greg and Svensson, Göran 2016, Embedding the ethos of codes of ethics into corporate South Africa: current status, European business review, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 333-351, doi: 10.1108/EBR-04-2015-0039.

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Title Embedding the ethos of codes of ethics into corporate South Africa: current status
Author(s) Mpinganjira, Mercy
Roberts-Lombard, Mornay
Wood, Greg
Svensson, Göran
Journal name European business review
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 333
End page 351
Total pages 19
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0955-534X
Summary Purpose: This study aims to examine and describe ways that organisations in corporate South Africa try to embed ethos of corporate codes of ethics in their organisations. Design/methodology/approach: The study followed a quantitative research approach. The target population was the top 500 companies operating in the corporate sector by revenue. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire from 222 company secretaries and heads/managers responsible for ethics in the companies. Findings: The findings show that the majority of companies have regulations that can help promote ethics ethos. The most prevalent artefact in the area of regulation was found to be conduct of ethical audits. Training was found to be the most prevalent artefact under staff support. Research limitations/implications: The study was limited to large organisations in South Africa. The findings can thus not be generalised to include small- and medium- sized businesses which make up the largest segment of all businesses in South Africa. Practical implications: The research provides information that can be used to compare companies operating in different contexts on practices that help promote corporate ethics quality. It provides business managers with information that they can use to evaluate and benchmark their companies on practices that help promote the ethos of corporate codes of ethics. Originality/value: The study is the first of its kind to examine how organisations go about institutionalising codes of ethics in South Africa. The findings can be used by all sectors of South African business as a point of reference in their efforts aimed at embedding the ethos of ethics in their respective organisations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/EBR-04-2015-0039
Field of Research 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
1503 Business And Management
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091464

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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