It’s Time the U.S. Linked Egypt’s Military Aid to Real Reform on Human Rights

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It is time to alter the formula that grants the Egyptian government an almost-automatic yearly extension of funding without conditioning aid on tangible progress on human rights. Ten years ago, Hosni Mubarak was forced to relinquish power…

What Leaders Signal to Workers When They Compensate Victims

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Compensators, in an economic game, were seen as more trustworthy, moral, generous, and friendlier than punishers. Of all the levers at the disposal of a manager, an invaluable one for promoting cooperation is punishment. Teams that effectively…

Do Compliance Professionals Have a Maginot Line Problem?

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One of the most powerful episodes in risk-assessment history is the story of the Maginot Line, which the French military had deployed after WWI to prevail in any future trench warfare against the Germans. The latter, however, had other…

Uber Becomes an Unlikely Icon in the Rise of ESG in Corporate Governance

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The law is increasingly being used to get justice long after the damage done, which suggests there are holes in the values-governance-regulation-enforcement net. Wrestling with the concept of better corporate governance in a world where…

Regulating Finance to Avert Climate Disaster

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Listen to "#26 - Regulating Finance to Avert Climate Disaster" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, the third (and final) in our miniseries on climate finance, we speak with Colleen Orr and Graham Steele about…

Let’s Make 2021 a Year for Self-Honesty

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What if instead of fueling our instincts to be heroic, intensifying our dopamine-drenched feeling of being indispensable that comes from finishing that report at 2 am, we acknowledged that we have limits? 2020’s tumultuous story exhausted,…

Why Do We Always Think We’re Right? A Conversation with Jon Haidt

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In this episode of The Good Fight podcast, host Yascha Mounk speaks with Ethical Systems Founding Director Jonathan Haidt about the psychological differences between the political left and right, the human tendency to discriminate in…

Insurance Companies Can Help Phase Out the Fossil-Fuel Industry

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Listen to "#25 - Insurance Companies Can Help Phase Out the Fossil-Fuel Industry" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, the second in our miniseries on climate finance, we speak with Peter Bosshard and Elana Sulakshana…

Our List of Resources for Designing Compliance Programs with Behavioral Science

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Last December, a friend of Ethical Systems—a Chief Compliance Officer at a major multinational consumer products company, whose expertise is second to none—sent us an email. He was curious to know how concepts from behavioral science…

The Moral Identity of an Organization Hinges on Leadership and Affects Everyone

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Our offices—or our Slack channels and Zoom meetings—are increasingly a forum for contentious discussions about political and social issues, and what a company’s stance should be. One of the more interesting media shake-ups recently…