New Report says Building Ethical Culture is a Business Imperative

June 29, 2021
LRN Corporation

 

LRN Corporation and Tapestry Networks uncover key themes to elevate ethics in new report, “Activating Culture and Ethics from the Boardroom”

 

NEW YORK (6/29/2021) – LRN Corporation, the leader in ethics and compliance solutions for companies worldwide, announced today the results of a research study developed in partnership with Tapestry Networks, a professional services firm focused on boards’ key roles in corporate governance, as a part of their joint Ethics, Culture and Compliance Forum initiative (ECCF). The ECCF convened by Tapestry Networks with the support of LRN, brings together directors and executives to explore the role of values, corporate culture, and ethical decision making in securing a long-term future for businesses. 

Activating Culture and Ethics from The Boardroom represents insights gleaned from in-depth interviews of 40 directors occupying 80 seats on public company boards with a combined market cap in excess of $4.8 trillion dollars and business operations on six continents. Among those participating in the study are board members from Cigna, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Goodyear, John Deere, Entergy, HP, Kaiser Foundation, McKesson, Motorola, Union Pacific, United Airlines, Verizon, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo and Weyerhaeuser. Notably, 25% of contributors to the study were directors who are also current or former chief ethics and compliance officers.

Captured in this first-of-its-kind report is the unique voice of the board on shaping ethical corporate cultures. This is important in an era where attention to stakeholders is a priority and where culture is understood as a key driver of business performance; why a company exists and how a company operates is as important as what it does.

“Ethics and compliance leaders have always known that boards are pivotal in helping companies do the right thing,” says David Greenberg, special advisor for LRN. “But the director perspective is not always fully understood or made actionable in what E&C does. This study uniquely surfaces board sentiment at a critical time for global business and paints a path forward for E&C to build a stronger, more effective relationship with boards in their common pursuit of ethical corporate cultures. We look forward to collaborating with Tapestry Networks to make the insights from the study actionable for the E&C community.”

“Diving deep on ethics and compliance starts with activating culture,” said Marsha Ershaghi Hames, partner at Tapestry Networks. “Developing the Ethics, Culture and Compliance Forum revealed how critical it was for sitting public company directors and chief ethics and compliance officers to engage directly on critical topics. The dialogue has brought visibility to the pragmatic dimensions of boards shaping culture. While LRN has long championed the value of building ethical corporate cultures, the collaboration with Tapestry has forged a path towards identifying practical approaches for effective oversight.”

 

To learn more, access the report here.

Chatham House Rule guided conversations with board members, which permits use of the information received but without direct attribution of the speakers. Demographic representation of participants was nearly evenly split by gender: men (45%) and women (55%), with 30% identified as non- white. More than 25 industries were represented including retail, banking, finance, pharmaceuticals, insurance, manufacturing, and entertainment.

An invitation-only summit with study contributors to discuss the findings will be hosted in July 2021. Board members and corporate leaders are also invited to listen to a series of 1:1 discussions about board participation in advancing ethical culture, hosted by David Greenberg, on the Principled Podcast by LRN. Subscribe to learn more.

About LRN Corporation 
LRN’s mission is to inspire principled performance. Since 1994, LRN has helped over 25 million people at more than 700 companies worldwide simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments and make ethical decisions, and has also helped hundreds of companies foster ethical, responsible, and inclusive cultures. LRN’s combination of practical tools, education, and strategic advice helps companies translate their values into concrete corporate practices and leadership behaviors that create sustainable competitive advantage. In partnership with LRN, companies need not choose between living principles and maximizing profits, or between enhancing reputation and growing revenue: all are a product of principled performance. As a global company, LRN works with organizations in more than 100 countries. Learn more at lrn.com and follow on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Soundcloud.

About Tapestry Networks

Founded in 2003, Tapestry Networks exists to help leaders of the most important institutions in the world do their work more effectively and with greater confidence. Each year, hundreds of independent directors and senior executives participate in our networks and research initiatives, representing large, global companies from North America and Europe. Our networks and research projects are based on candid views from top leaders, on the realities of leading the world’s largest and most complex firms. Learn more at tapestrynetworks.com and follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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LRN Corporation

Ethics and compliance leader providing tools, education, and advisory services for global companies to inspire principled performance. LRN’s overall approach recognizes the inherent limitations of rules and regulations in influencing behaviors. In our view, focusing on actions that help build and maintain a values-based culture will mean more compliance and reduced costs as a result of tangible and sustainable behavioral change.

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