Organizations need to be organizations of integrity. What we communicate to the world about our policies, compliance and ethics practices, values, code of conduct, regulatory commitments, and now ESG statements is a reality in the organization and not fiction. The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) has become the Chief Integrity Officer of the organization. Integrity is a mirror. What we tell the world what the organization is about, is that what is truly reflected back to us in our behavior and operations?
Growing up, I was always told, and I am sure you were as well, that actions speak louder than words. Or you can talk-the-talk but can you walk-the-walk? It was an encouragement to ensure that what we tell people we do is what we actually do. That we do not live a fictitious life by portraying to the world that we are something that we really are not . . .
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