Ethical Citizens' Newsletter
Issue 112 | July 2020
Welcome to TEI's newsletter, our monthly communication to Supporters and friends of the institute. Here we share original articles written by our experts, spread the word of upcoming ethics training and events, and publicly acknowledge the latest certified ethics officers.
Lead article

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Why are South Africans disrespecting COVID-19 regulations?

In this month's lead article, Prof Deon Rossouw looks at some of the considerations that might play a role in the reluctance of South Africans to abide by the COVID -19 regulations.
"Why are South Africans so loath to follow the seemingly well-intended regulations issued by government? The lack of respect for the laws and regulations in the time of the Corona pandemic is indeed cause for concern, as it can have fatal consequences not only for those who disobey these regulations, but also for all in whom they are in contact with".
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Thought piece

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TEI Ethics Talk
In our May issue, we introduced the TEI Ethics Talk podcast series, which are released as and when produced by our subject matter experts. This month’s thought piece is in a form of a podcast titled “A Definition of Toxic Leadership” recorded by Dr Paul Voster.  

In this podcast he talks about toxic leaders and how toxic leadership affects individuals in organisations. To access the podcast, click below.

“Selfish traits are often routed in an inflated sense of self or arrogance.”
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Registration is open

Online Ethics Investigations Workshop
On 24 August 2020, we will be hosting our 4-hour Online Ethics Investigations Workshop. The workshop will focus on, inter alia, investigation methodology, sources of information, report writing, and interviewing skills. 

Although ethics practitioners are focused on managing ethics proactively, they are also sometimes required to become involved in reactive ethics management processes, which include conducting ethics investigations. These are by no means forensic investigations, but rather investigations into, for example,  transgressions of the organisation’s Code of Ethics, organisational values, and policies such as sexual harassment, conflicts of interest and bullying. TEI is aware that not many ethics practitioners have an investigative background and are therefore not always comfortable with, or confident about the methodology of conducting a thorough ethics investigation.

This, of course, could result in employees “getting away” with unethical conduct. Should you wish to register for this workshop, please click below.

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Deadline extension
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The Ethics Initiative Awards
Due to multiple requests, the deadline for nominations for the Ethics Initiative of the Year Award, has been extended by another two weeks. 

These awards will provide the opportunity to ethics practitioners to share successes and to learn from their peers. The best three submissions for the Ethics Initiative of the Year Award will be shortlisted by a panel of assessors comprising representatives from TEI and the Ethics Practitioners’ Association (EPA). Those who are shortlisted will be invited to present at our annual Ethics Officer Learning Forum, where delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and vote on the worthiest initiative.
Deadline for submissions: 11 August 2020

All the details are provided in the link below, and you are also welcome to contact for further information.
Click here for the nomination and information document
New Integrated Report
The Ethics Institutes’ annual Integrated Report covers the activities and performance of the Institute over the past financial year; from April 2019 to March 2020. Continuing with the approach established in recent years, commentary is provided on the trajectory of the organisation to date, the current operating context, and prospects for the organisation’s medium-term future.

To get your copy of our latest integrated report click on the picture.


  • 27 July 2020 - Annual Supporter and Sponsor Gathering
  • 30 July - 25 August 2020 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme (private sector) click here to register
  • 24 August 2020 - Ethics Investigation Virtual workshop  click here to register
  • 03-29 September 2020 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme (private sector)  click here to register
  • 18 September 2020 - Virtual Ethics Officer Learning Forum
  • 01- 27 October 2020 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme (public sector)  click here to register
  • 27-30 October 2020 - Ethics Ambassadors Virtual Training
  • 12 November - 08 December 2020 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme (private sector) click here to register
To register you can also email
The 2020-2021 Supporter renewal season has closed.
If your subscription has lapsed, get in touch and we would love to advise you on how to re-join.
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