Fishburn Hedges sets up business ethics operation

Fishburn Hedges has set up a business ethics division headed by former Neill Committee assistant secretary Martin Le Jeune.

Fishburn Hedges has set up a business ethics division headed by

former Neill Committee assistant secretary Martin Le Jeune.



The launch coincides with a survey on codes of conduct published this

week by the Institute of Business Ethics and co-authored by Le

Jeune.



The research showed shortcomings among top UK companies in communicating

ethical practices such as codes.



Le Jeune, who joined Fishburn Hedges last January, will offer services

including ethical auditing, identifying areas of ethical risk and

advising on crisis management.



FH will refer existing clients to the new corporate ethics division, but

Le Jeune also plans to sign up new clients.



The Institute of Business Ethics survey polled 178 of the UK’s top 500

companies. While codes are increasingly popular among UK companies, 89

per cent of them fail to involve their staff and only 33 per cent make

any public reference to their code. Only five per cent of companies have

had their ethical behaviour audited while 67 per cent were not

interested in these audits.



Le Jeune said: ’The behaviour of companies is under greater scrutiny

than ever.’



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