Ethical Citizens' Newsletter
Issue 118 | February 2021
The monthly communication to Supporters and friends of the institute where we publish articles and thought pieces by TEI subject matter experts, share our exciting training and events calendar, and acknowledge the certification of ethics officers.
Lead Article

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COVID has surfaced a lot of good in people

In this month's lead article, Ms Fatima Rawat writes about how COVID-19 sensitised people to the influence their actions may have on the lives of others.

Read more about her perspectives in this informative article.
Thought Piece

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Bullying in the workplace

Some of our biggest dreams include landing that 'one perfect job' at that 'one perfect prestigious company'.  When those dreams realise - we feel like we have conquered the world.  

But what if your expectations result in the unexpected?  Your sweet moment of achievement turns into a moment of misery and disillusionment...

Read more on this interesting topic in a thought piece by Lulama Qabaka, an Ethics and Anti-corruption Specialist at TEI. 
King IV

Launch of the King IV Practice note on the Social and Ethics Committee

The King IV Practice Note [30/11/2020] on the Social and Ethics Committee, was officially launched on 
24 February 2021, at the BoardroomBytes@9 session of the IoDSA.

The Companies Act, 2008(1) and Companies Regulations, 2011 introduced statutory Social and Ethics Committees (SEC) for State-owned Companies, Listed Companies, and Companies with a public interest score of higher than 500 points in any two of the preceding five years.  The requirement of statutory Social and Ethics Committees became effective on 1 May 2012.  The King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa, 2016, made recommendations regarding the mandate and composition of the Social and Ethics Committee.

The purpose of this practice note is threefold: (a) to provide guidance on how the statutory mandate and composition of the Social and Ethics Committee can be reconciled with the King IV Principles and recommendations; (b) to provide guidance on how the role and responsibilities of the Social and Ethics Committee should be interpreted within the context of the King IV Code on Corporate Governance as a whole; and (c) to enhance the governance of the social and ethics performance of organisations.

.... more King IV news

King Committee appoints new Chairperson

Following the resignation of Suresh Kana as Chair of the King Committee on Corporate Governance, effective from 31 January 2021, the King Committee embarked on a process for the nomination and election of a new Chair to lead the Committee and its important work.

According to Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus of the King Committee, “With her years of experience as a corporate lawyer, and a member of the King Committee, Ansie was a natural choice to Chair the Committee.”

On behalf of The Ethics Institute, we would like to congratulate Ansie Ramalho on her appointment, and wish her success with overseeing the significant and valuable work of this Committee.
TEI Project Showcase

Siemens Mozambique:  Crossing borders and boundaries

Since TEI’s inception in 2000, international funding has been acquired to implement various initiatives with the aim to enhance organisational ethics. As the title indicates, this article takes you across the South African border as we share one of the flagship projects with stakeholders in Mozambique.
Prof Leon van Vuuren contributed with a lead opinion piece (15 August 2020) titled: “You cannot fight corruption by fighting corruption”. That remains the approach we follow when delivering on the promise of changing business conduct, regardless of the contextual environment.
Mozambique is an amazingly beautiful country and a preferred vacation destination for many South Africans, but what is happening in this country, beyond the natural beauty and ocean views?

Ethics Ambassador Training Programme

Ethics Ambassadors!
From 16 - 19 March 2021, Dr Paul Vorster and Ms Fatima Rawat, ethics subject matter experts at The Ethics Institute, will be presenting an Ethics Ambassador Training Programme, open to anyone who is keen to attend. 

Ethics Ambassadors will be trained to provide information regarding ethics-related topics to fellow-employees and help employees to evaluate and resolve ethical dilemmas and challenges.  

The programme is divided into seven online modules, and should take learners between five and six hours in total in terms of learning time, inclusive of two live webinars at the start and end of the programme.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Upcoming training and events

  • 16 - 19 March 2021 - Online Ethics Ambassador Training click here to register
  • 29 April - 25 May 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme [Private Sector focus] click here to register
  • 5 - 31 August 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme [Private Sector focus] click here to register
  • 30 September - 26 October 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme [Private Sector focus] click here to register
  • 14 October - 9 November 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme [Public Sector focus] click here to register
  • 11 November - 7 December 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme [Private Sector focus] click here to register
Contact if you would like to register for an EOCP
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