That the survey is global offers Americans a small degree of comfort; certain corporate cultures abroad are known for their tolerance of shady behavior, and we can hope that the figures for American business are a little better. But that is no cause to be smug. A pervasive culture of dishonesty in business is more than a nuisance; it is a threat. There are always a few bad apples out there, but if we reach a tipping point where enterprise is habitually and routinely dishonest, the world will grow nasty and poor with surprising speed.He correctly recognizes the source of the rot, and the consequences of allowing it to spread and calling it inclusion.
A pervasive culture of dishonesty forces everyone to deal defensively and to think only of the very short term. Systemic dishonest exacts huge costs; it also leads to a commercial environment where avaricious lawyers and ham-handed regulators have the upper hand.
We need teachers, headmasters, principals and college presidents and deans who are ready to stand up for (and be held accountable by) serious moral standards beyond the tepid green PC pablum that substitutes for serious ethical and religious discourse in many contemporary educational institutions.Amen.
Tolerance of unethical personal and business behavior among the rich and the powerful needs to be recognized for what it is: a deadly threat to all we hold most dear.