Moral (Ethical) Concepts Parts 1 and 2 of this series of posts on moral governance referred to various ethical concepts and defined certain terms with a focus on distinguishing between causes and symptoms of different degrees of moral distress. With a view to offering a more extensive list of key ethical concepts and terms used… Continue reading Moral Governance – Part 3
Moral Climate and Culture When the moral climate in an organisation is the cause of moral distress, it could seem like ‘victim blaming’ to suggest that a ‘resilience bundle’ should be provided to employees or volunteers to help them to cope. As with any risk analysis, unless you identify and address the root cause of… Continue reading Moral Governance – Part 2
Moral decision-making Governance can be recognised as a moral undertaking, especially when characterised as ‘doing the right things in the right way’. Ethical (or moral) decision-making involves use of a ‘moral compass’, guided by agreed values, to make decisions which are both legally and ethically sound. The quadrant chart below summarises the combinations facing non-profit… Continue reading Moral Governance – Part 1
Non-profit directors are not usually spies. They do need to gather and analyse ‘intelligence’ however, to inform their governance activities. This includes monitoring the external environment and internal systems, processes and performance. Business intelligence software and dashboards are available commercially. While some non-profits will be able to afford these, most smaller entities will seek free… Continue reading Looking outward and inward
‘Self interest’ and ‘vested interests’ are central to governance of conflict of interest within non-profit organisations. Boards elected by members of a profession or industry rightly see their role as addressing member needs – often with a focus on members’ economic success or survival. While the conflict (or perception of conflict) between a director’s personal… Continue reading Between Altruism and Greed
So often, risk is narrowly defined as the “effect of uncertainty on objectives” (ISO 3100 2009), and ‘risk management’ as a collection of steps by which to reduce the likelihood and/or impact of a hypothetical future adverse event. Risk avoidance and risk transfer measures, such as insurance, are instituted before the event as preventive or… Continue reading It’s not ‘catastrophising’ when the catastrophe is real !
As hundreds of thousands of people of all ages join in the global #climatestrike, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations has published The Cost of Doing Nothing, a report on the humanitarian impact of climate change. This is just the latest in a swag of reports and studies on climate change… Continue reading A climate for change
Government ministers’ rebukes of corporate leaders who comment on social issues have received news coverage again in recent days. The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Ben Morton, criticised companies acting as “self-appointed moral guardians”. This is consistent with 2017 remarks by Minister Peter Dutton that companies should “stick to their knitting” rather than using… Continue reading ‘Curbing’ Social Responsibility – the new CSR
The desirability of ethical behaviour is universally acknowledged, and this has been particularly evident as we review the findings of recent Royal Commissions in this country. Unethical decisions made by senior personnel holding ‘positions of trust’ appear to have been one of the consistent themes. Politicians, pundits and the media tend to characterise these behaviours… Continue reading Golden means or ends?
Apologies to the late Warren Zevon for warping the title of his famous ‘Lawyers, Guns and Money’ song to refer to One Nation representatives and others seeking funds from the gun lobby to blight Australia with US style gun ‘rights’. The Australia Institute has done us all a favour by analysing political donations from gun… Continue reading Politicians, guns and money