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Conflicts Of Interest in the Digital Age: Planning Ahead To Avoid Reputational Risk

The Conference Board of Canada, October 21, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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High-profile cases involving conflict of interest have been making headlines in Canada. And while these cases involve different industries and factors, a common theme is that those who were in conflict often reported seeing no problems with their choices until it was too late. This shows one of the most challenging aspects for ethics and compliance professionals: teaching both management and employees how to appropriately respond to conflict of interest situations, but more importantly, how to identify them before they even begin.

Hindsight is 20/20. Coming up with a definition of conflicts of interest is easy. However, as many organizations are finding, operationalization of Conflict of Interest policies and practices is anything but. Most plans still focus on removing the opportunities for competing interests to come into play, but this approach only addresses the ‘low hanging fruit’. The reality is there are myriad connections and interactions between individuals, and unless these risks are taken into consideration, your plan could fail in a very public way.

Join us for this special session which will bring to light the very real issues surrounding Conflicts of Interest, and how your organization can better prepare for potential issues.

Webinar Highlights

Dr. Chris MacDonald will draw on his research in the area to discuss why conflict of interest is widely misunderstood. Provocatively, Dr. MacDonald will argue that clarity regarding conflicts of interest has suffered due to treating them as immediately ethically wrong. He will share his recommendations on ways in which organizations can more effectively support their employees in identifying and knowing how to respond to conflict of interest situations.

This is a crucial step in maintaining organizational integrity and reputation.

During this 60 minute webinar, Chris will:

  • Share where and why managers and employees struggle to understand and appropriately respond to conflicts of interest;
  • Draw upon high-profile examples from Canada and internationally to illustrate the complicated nature of conflicts of interest in today's complex business world;
  • Offer practical suggestions for teaching management and employees to critically assess conflict of interest situations;

About Chris

photo of Chris MacDonaldChris MacDonald, Ph.D., is Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre and Founding Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education and Research program, at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management. He is also a Nonresident Senior Scholar at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is a popular keynote speaker and makes frequent media appearances. He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, and is author of a best-selling textbook on critical thinking. MacDonald is also author of the highly-regarded Business Ethics blog (businessethicsblog.com). He has several times been named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics,” by Ethisphere Magazine, in addition to being named as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour” By Trust Across America.

  • Stay current with Chris MacDonald’s work by subscribing to his blog at www.businessethicsblog.com
  • Follow Chris MacDonald on Twitter @ethicsblogger

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