How the Integrity Agenda bridges intentions, actions and measurement

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7 minute read 23 Jul 2018
By

Andrew Gordon

EY Global Forensic & Integrity Services Leader

Global Forensics Leader focusing on helping organizations build their integrity agenda so they better anticipate and mitigate risk.

7 minute read 23 Jul 2018

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The Integrity Agenda is a framework of four core elements that align an individual’s actions with an organization’s objectives.

The announced intentions of an organization may be clear: policies and codes of conduct are in place, and senior leaders demonstrate commitment via formal and informal communications. Yet, recent high- profile scandals at major corporations show that aberrational conduct by executives has persisted and gone unnoticed for long periods of time.

When the misconduct finally surfaced publicly, expensive investigations have ensued, fines have mounted and individuals have been prosecuted, while market capitalizations have declined. To close the gap between intent and reality, organizations should focus their efforts on improving the effectiveness of their compliance programs by assessing the corporate culture, controls and governance from an integrity perspective, leveraging new technologies to provide better data insights.

The importance of integrity

Integrity is the cornerstone to success. The results from our most recent Global Fraud Survey suggest that the benefits of demonstrating organizational integrity go beyond the avoidance of fines and can actually improve business performance. Survey respondents felt that customer perception, public perception, recruitment and retention of employees were deemed more important benefits than avoiding scrutiny and penalties.

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Summary

The Integrity Agenda helps organizations bridge the gap between intentions and behaviors. It is a framework for success built on a core set of four elements that align an individual’s actions with an organization’s objectives. It enables successful organizations to stay true to their missions, keep their promises, respect laws and ethical norms, and foster public trust in the free enterprise system.

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By

Andrew Gordon

EY Global Forensic & Integrity Services Leader

Global Forensics Leader focusing on helping organizations build their integrity agenda so they better anticipate and mitigate risk.