Thursday April 24th 2014,
The Company Ethicist

All posts by Eugene Ferraro


How to Choose the Right Firm to Handle a Workplace Investigation

Knowing when to bring in an outside firm to handle a workplace investigation can be a tricky proposition for many companies — and often comes down to whether an organization has the commitment, time and resources to handle the investigative [...]

July 31, 2013 Governance & Compliance

When Should You Outsource A Workplace Investigation? Q & A with Gene Ferraro

Every business at some point must deal with workplace incidents and conflicts that require followup fact-finding and investigation before they can resolved. Some companies, especially smaller ones or in certain industries, may lack the infrastructure to manage a proper investigation, [...]

July 26, 2013 Governance & Compliance

How to Run Workplace Investigations: Q & A With Gene Ferraro

What does a successful workplace investigation look like from start to finish? Gene Ferraro, chief ethics officer at Convercent, lays out the rules of the road. [...]

July 10, 2013 Governance & Compliance

Confidential Employee Databases: Significant Risk, Questionable Reward

For Keesha Goode, $34.97 in missing merchandise destroyed her future in retailing. According to a New York Times report, Goode, 28, was a clerk at the discount store when she was accused of not ringing up the sale of a former employee. What [...]

April 8, 2013 Governance & Compliance

Ethics + Innovation = Faster, Better, Cheaper

After a recent keynote, I was asked by an attendee if my work in the field of ethics and compliance had been influenced by Daniel Goldin, the former NASA Administrator. “Of course,” I answered. The attendee quietly walked off, irked that he was [...]

March 25, 2013 Governance & Compliance

6 Telltale Indications of an Ethical Workplace

A senior executive of a large public company — an advocate of the “management by walking around” idea — once told me he could simply stroll through one of his plants and instantly determine if it was profitable. He said [...]

March 11, 2013 Ethical Leadership

A Code of Ethics for Creating a Great Code of Ethics

Creating a coherent and effective code of ethics in the age of digital transparency is more important than ever. Yet most organizations fail miserably. Many just cut and paste language from regulatory documents. Shortcuts don’t work, though. Shrink-wrapped, boilerplate solutions [...]

March 4, 2013 Governance & Compliance

How Whistleblower Incentives Can Work Against the Goal of an Ethical Workplace

Quick history lesson: The first U.S. statute to formally recognize whistleblowers and reward them for their tips was the False Claims Act. Enacted at the height of the Civil War during the first Lincoln administration, the law’s intent was to combat [...]

February 25, 2013 Ethical Leadership

S&P’s Biggest Downfall: Valuing Profits Over Reputation

Every CEO, regardless of his or her company’s size or sector, will at some point face a crisis that forces a choice between doing what may be good for the short-term bottom line – or doing instead what builds a [...]

February 6, 2013 Ethical Leadership

Employer Advice During Current NLRB Limbo: Proceed With Caution

With the recent federal court decision declaring President Obama’s three “recess” appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) five-seat board unlawful, many employers are challenged (if not befuddled) with understanding the complex legal issues in play. Not only that, [...]

February 5, 2013 Governance & Compliance