Business Ethics

The route to success without office politics

IF THE VERY thought of office politics makes you want to hide under your desk, you are certainly not alone. The competitive and, at times, deceitful one-upmanship, often found in the workplace, can make life very difficult indeed.

Saturday, 1 April, 2006, 12:00am

Charity begins in the boardroom

WHEN PROPERTY management firm Urban Group decided to sponsor an education initiative for the elderly, executive director Francis Chiu knew instinctively that the company was doing the right thing. He did not spend time worrying about the costs, or hold lengthy strategy sessions to decide what types of activities should be included.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Accountants leave cases of misconduct unreported over job fears

About 40 per cent of accountants working in the region will not report misconduct at the companies that employ them for fear of losing their jobs and because there are few whistle-blower policies to protect them if they do, according to a survey by CPA Australia.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Labour pains

Last year, it was the 'bra wars'. This year, we have a skirmish over shoes. Aside from manipulating an undervalued currency, argue the protectionists in Brussels and on Capitol Hill, China gains an unfair trade advantage by exporting boatloads of T-shirts and trainers stitched together by poorly paid workers in unregulated, Dickensian sweatshops.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Body Shop sale has the whiff of hypocrisy

The sale of Body Shop International, an icon of ethical cosmetics, to L'Oreal smells of money rather than roses. The makeup has been removed and the claws are out.

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Former ombudsman finds new cause in raising ethical values

It may seem like a break from his former positions as legislator and ombudsman but Andrew So Kwok-wing thinks his work promoting ethical values in education and business is a continuation of his lifelong career in public service.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Ernst & Young refuses to risk its good reputation

Ernst & Young has turned down about 25 per cent of potential clients in recent years to prevent the accounting firm being drawn into possible scandals, according to newly elected chairman for Greater China David Sun Tak-kei.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

China's give-and-take traditions strained by US anti-graft efforts

One major problem China faces in its march towards capitalism is rampant corruption. It has had limited success in fighting the disease but has been getting help from an unusual source - the United States' Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Businesses that respect the community benefit

Obligations to society may cost money but they also bring corporate gains

14 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Good corporate citizens: the path to a better future

Socially conscious corporations might sound like a contradiction in terms.

But the concept is taking hold in Hong Kong. The creation by the University of Hong Kong of awards for good corporate citizenship, given out for the first time yesterday, underscores the trend.

30 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Social responsibility ultimately reports to banal higher authority

'I believe that Corporate Social Responsibility - or CSR in short [by the way this is not Civil Service Regulation] - is definitely a good starting point for private companies.

10 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Cleaning up their corporate act

Contract cleaning is not a glamorous business. The workers come in when most offices close, wielding vacuum cleaners and cloths. When Ali Tuet was a teenager, his father woke him one night to say: 'Come with me to see how we do things.' The company had a new contract at the Mandarin Hotel, and the work began after midnight.

20 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Accountants take lead from Hollywood in the post-Enron world

Accountants are being encouraged to take their lead from a Marilyn Monroe movie and develop The Seven Year Itch.

19 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Staffing needs flexible approach

Casual and part-time employees help keep the ball rolling at the Regal Airport Hotel, writes Rachel Autherson

HOTEL MANAGERS in Hong Kong maintain a more stable, permanent workforce than their counterparts in Europe or the United States, where casual or part-time workers are readily available.

15 May 2004 - 12:00am

Scandals shift focus off profits

Corporate scandals such as the collapse of energy giant Enron Corp have forced Hong Kong and overseas firms to shift their focus from merely making money to corporate governance, a survey has found.

The survey, conducted by PwC and the Economist Intelligence Unit, polled 200 senior executives in the financial services industry in the US, Europe and Asia, including Hong Kong.

7 Apr 2004 - 12:00am