Measuring Ethical Culture: Tapping Into “Open Secrets”

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By
Shannon West

A number of corporate scandals have played out on the front pages in the past year that have raised the discourse around ethical culture to new heights. Wells Fargo, Harvey Weinstein and Volkswagen all had significant issues come to light that are now common knowledge in the marketplace, and when they did, it was quite clear that the problematic/illegal behavior had been going on for years, and that the behaviors underlying these cases were in fact “open secrets.” As it turns out, a well-written, thoughtfully executed ethical culture survey disseminated anonymously and confidentially is a very efficient barometer for organizational sentiment, good or bad.

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