In line with the Global Ethics Day, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has advised business professionals and corporate organizations to remain ethical in the course of carrying out their professional services in a very challenging digital age.
Speaking at the Global Ethics Day Breakfast event, Jamil Ampomah, head of directors for ACCA Africa, said the event was an opportunity for senior business leaders across boards to interact and also share thoughts on how ethical practices can be improved in Nigeria organizations across board.
“Ethics should not be restricted to organizations but should start from the grassroots; there should be an opportunity to educate children or teenagers on how to be ethical because other organizations around the world are already imbibing that,” Ampomah, head of directors for ACCA Africa said.
Tom Isibor, head of ACCA Nigeria said ethics has become a critical part for career and business practices and having an event on World Global ethics day is to emphasis the importance and responsibility we all have to live ethically and show examples to younger generations.
“We all have responsibility to ensure ethics is enshrined in our system through our various platforms and create a more positive environment to do business,” Isibor, Head of ACCA Nigeria said.
Also at the event, Taiwo Oyedele, partner at PWC said ethics is something about doing the right thing always regardless of where you find yourself. “Something cannot be right in the UK and be wrong in Nigeria at the same time which implies we have to ensure we do the right thing always.”
“Although we can easily admit that it’s harder to be ethical in Nigeria but we have to insist the right thing is done in our personal capacity and also as business leaders,” Oyedele Partner at PWC said.
Taiwo Oyedele noted that leadership is also very important however we need to look beyond the CEO or president and realize that as individuals we are leaders in our own little way and we need to start from there.
Adaobi Nwapa, general manager at Zenith Bank, said every professional should be ethical as its one of the moral compass of the society because it’s very important for every organization to understand the need to change this country and do the right thing.
“Ethics has worked in other countries so we need to start from the grassroots we need to teach our children we need to do the right thing,” Nwapa general manager at Zenith Bank said.
Gina Oleghe ,lead consultant for Human Resource Warehouse Limited, said the Nigeria factor is all about the Nigerian culture which implies the way things are done and ethics is all about accountability, responsibility, integrity and as Nigerians we should imbibe the ethics culture all round.
“Nigeria workers should be ethical by being responsible for their actions especially when they are wrong also we should lets kids know when they do wrong things they can be punished so they know there are consequences for their actions,” Oleghe told Journalists at the event.
Olusoji Apampa CEO of The convention on Business Integrity Ltd said globally there have being debate about whether ethics is a moral issue or survival issue however situations in Nigeria shows Ethics is more of a survival issue and not a moral issue.
“Also said there is another debate on whether ethics should be a requirement or an intrinsic choice so the people behind choice are expecting government and regulation to be very strong but when government and regulators are not that strong we might need to depend on requirement which can’t work on its own without incentive either positive or negative,” Apampa said.