As The Ethics Architect™ Brian helps organisations build ethical structures and defeat workplace crime and unethical and inappropriate behaviour.
He has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate risk management and regularly consults, speaks and writes on related issues. This includes preventing major losses through:
- Reputational damage
- Labour disputes
He has an almost fervent passion for assisting organisations put practical solutions in place to address ethics and workplace crime. In his book John G. Blumberg introduces the concept of the “new ROI” which refers to a return on integrity and postulates that companies with high levels of ethics really do have better bottom-lines.
So “ethical capital” is not – and never really has been – a nice-to-have but is an absolutely critical element to ensure the success and sustainability of any organisation.
AN ETHICS LEADER IN SA SINCE 1996:
Founded in 2013
Founded in 2008
Certified Ethics Practitioner since 2015
Pioneer member of the Ethics Practitioners Association since 2017
Adams’ Ethics Pizza™
Since he started anonymous outsourced reporting services in 2000 Brian has always been puzzled why they are so successful in some organisations but not in others.
He admits to lying awake at night trying to determine what the critical success factors could be. One day, while sitting in a coffee shop, and thinking about one of his very successful subscribers he had a “eureka moment” and the Adams’ Ethics Pizza™ was born! The pizza – through its eight “slices” – sets out the eight factors which determine whether this intervention will be fruitful or not. In summary, the overriding consideration is that a reporting service should never be introduced in an ethical desert!
Early in 2016 Brian received his certification as an Ethics Officer (Registration Number: EO557) from the Ethics Institute of SA and the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
As part of the process he developed an ethics e-survey which he piloted at one of his Be Heard® subscribers – a major JSE listed company. While processing the results of the survey it dawned on him that the eight critical success factors mentioned above for outsourced reporting services were just as specific to determine the ethics profile of any organisation.
The specific scores received in the survey are plotted onto each of the eight “slices” – from 0 near the centre to 10 on the edge – and if the dots are connected a profile emerges which is called the ethics profile. Once the ethics profile has been drawn up, a plan can be put in place to build on the strengths and put remedial actions in place to address the areas where poor scores were achieved.
Brian was one of the pioneers of tip-off disclosure services in South Africa and currently leads Be Heard® which is a leading independent and innovative provider of anonymous outsourced reporting services. He recently published an e-book – Managing Outsourced Reporting Services Effectively.
He has developed a unique Be Heard® Reporting Service Self-assessment Methodology and Questionnaire which enables anyone who is contracted to an outsourced service provider to go through a brief self-evaluation of their existing reality and determine where they stand.
Brian is also a Pioneer Member of the Ethics Practitioners Association of South Africa
I try and hold a webinar at least once a month. Please send me a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and add your name and where you live and we’ll send you the details of our next workshops and webinars.