Building and maintaining a strong organisational culture
From attracting top talent to keeping employees motivated and engaged, ethical companies have a proven business advantage. For a risk and compliance programme to be truly successful, it must not only meet legal requirements; it must also align with and support organisational culture, as well as its mission, goals, traditions and norms.
Building a strong organisational culture doesn’t happen overnight. Risk & compliance officers intent on creating a culture of respect face big challenges, but it can and should be done. Culture starts with the tone at the top, a code of conduct and training, but those things alone don’t build a culture of ethics and respect. Culture is organic, manifested by how employees act and treat others, and how they support your organisation’s purpose and values. An ethical culture empowers and encourages employees to do the right thing. Sustaining an ethical culture takes continual awareness and communication. Beyond messaging, culture also has to manifest in the actions of your workforce and in the tone of your workplace.