Ethical practices in ciites ans companies

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Professor, École nationale d'administration publique, Quebec, Author, La face cachée des élus, engagement, responsabilité et comportement éthique (pub. Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2009)

Seminar Entrepreneurs, towns and regions | Wednesday May 4, 2011 - 8h45 - 10h45

Political and administrative organisations do not like to be appraised from an ethical point of view. They prefer to be praised for their qualities, and conceal any shortcomings which they might have. Because they choose to ignore any ethical risks they may take, they allow some of their members to behave in a way which is close to delinquency, thereby putting their organisations in danger and undermining the trust which citizens have in them. Sometimes a scandal occurs and as a result of investigations carried out by journalists, public authorities and the police, everyone's wrongdoings come to light. Yves Boisvert and his researchers have perfected a method of studying these wrongdoings and preventing them. This includes producing models for situations where there could be ethical problems, developing ways for measuring ethical practices, and developing a culture of elected representatives and civil servants based on their dedication to duty which is rewarded by the honour that this represents.

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