The Ethics & Compliance Initiative Partners with Ethical Systems

ARLINGTON, VA, February 7th, 2018 – The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), the nation’s oldest ethics research and best practice community, today announces a partnership with Ethical Systems, a research collaboration comprised of the nation’s leading scholars specializing in the study of ethical culture and behavior in organizations.  As two respected thought leaders who share a common interest in advancing the highest standards of ethical behavior in organizations, this partnership will provide a platform for both parties to conduct joint research, to develop new metrics, and to expand their reach with new insights that will shape best practice in organizational ethics. 

“This partnership has great promise to significantly enhance our understanding of the importance of ethics and culture in organizations,” said Patricia Harned, ECI’s CEO.  “ECI is delighted to be able to work closely with the most highly regarded scholars in our industry, and we look forward to the collaboration that we know will benefit organizational leaders and students in higher education.

Additionally, the partnership will facilitate the engagement between each organization’s principal stakeholders.  ECI will showcase the research of Ethical Systems’ collaborators at its conferences, and accordingly, Ethical Systems will connect scholars with ECI’s extensive membership of ethics and compliance (E&C) professionals in order to help organizations promote ethical behavior, integrity and legal compliance.  Pat Harned will serve as a member of Ethical Systems’ Advisory Board, and Ethical Systems will appoint a scholar to participate in the ECI Fellows Program.

“This exciting partnership between Ethical Systems and the Ethics and Compliance Initiative simultaneously elevates both of our organizations through sharing information, research, and resources. Our agreement will also advance practitioner understanding of ethics, culture and internal reporting helping them to strengthen the companies in which they work,” said Azish Filabi, Executive Director of Ethical Systems.

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative and Ethical Systems look forward to a promising relationship, one that will bear much value for the E&C community’s mission to create and sustain an ethical business world for the future.

About the Ethics & Compliance Initiative 

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is a non-profit organization that empowers its members across the globe to operate their businesses at the highest levels of integrity.  The organization provides research and a best practice community, as well as certification opportunities for ethics & compliance professionals. Through its membership, ECI represents entities across nearly every industry, located in 37 countries on six continents each dedicated to promoting the highest levels of integrity.

About Ethical Systems

Ethical Systems makes the world’s best research available and accessible, for free, to anyone interested in improving the ethical culture and behavior of an organization.


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