Ethics v profit: the fight goes on

The demands and overly ambitious targets set by business leaders are pushing many employees to cut ethical corners, a new report suggests.

Nearly a third of the 1,600 workers and managers questioned for the Management Agenda 2015 told researchers that they had felt under pressure to compromise their organisation’s ethical standards to meet business objectives. This was particularly true in the public sector, where it was felt by 40% of respondents, against 27% in the commercial world and 31% in the not-for-profit sector, according to the report, which will be published next month.

The most common sources of pressure were a need to “follow the boss’s objectives” (42% overall) and “overly aggressive financial/business objectives” (33% overall but 39% in the private sector).

Read more in The Sunday Times