Corporate Ethics, Governance and Sustainability

by John Taylor
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Establish an ethical corporate culture in your organisation
  • Enhance the sustainability of your organisation through a range of measures and reporting initiatives
  • Recognise the principles of governance and the importance of ethical compliance
  • Boost transparency within your organisation
  • Consider the systems and process necessary for encouraging ethical behaviour in your organisation

Nowadays, stakeholders are looking for something more than a financially successful business. They want a business that makes the right choices. A business that is ethical, and sustainable. So, how can you guide decision makers to make choices which do not harm and possibly benefit the organisation?

This course provides insight into the key principles, systems and processes that will enhance your organisationís ethical behaviour and promote sustainability. It will enable your organisation to make ethical and sustainable decisions that fully consider the consequences for your organisation as well as stakeholders and the wider environment.

What sort of organisation are we?

  • Building an ethical corporate culture
  • The benefits of ethical values in business
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Key factors in building trust
  • Corporate social responsibility in action
  • Varying degrees of ethical behaviour
  • Bending the rules


  • The emergence of sustainability
  • The benefits of sustainability
  • Stakeholder theory and the triple bottom line
  • The triple bottom line
  • The Global Reporting Initiative
  • ESG standards
  • The UN six principles for responsible investment
  • Consumers and sustainability
  • Developing a sustainable business
  • Sustainability reporting


  • What is governance?
  • Compliance risk management
  • Compliance risk management and ethics
  • Transparency
  • Bribery and corruption

Systems and processes

  • The basis of ethical culture
  • Changing times and wrong assumptions
  • Communicating a more ethical culture
  • Management and employees
  • Ethical compliance and conflict
  • Supply chain oversight
  • Collaboration drives innovation
  • Conflict within the organisation
  • Conflict resolution

John is a Chartered Accountant who spent many years advising small and medium-sized businesses across the North of England. He specialised in dealing with the particular problems faced by large family-owned companies. John joined Bradford College where he taught a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of ability. John later joined Leeds Met University where he specialised in teaching auditing on ACCA professional courses and Forensic Accounting at Masters level. He is now a freelance author and lecturer.

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