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Ethics

Our leaders see ‘doing the right thing’ as a fundamental principle, which is not just in the interest of our people and our clients, but also in the public interest. Ethics and integrity are at the core of our business and important to the reputation of our firm.

Our commitment to independence, ethical behaviour and compliance is demonstrated by the tone set by our leaders, and is reinforced by carefully and consistently implementing and monitoring comprehensive policies and procedures.

The expectation to act with integrity in accordance with high ethical standards is at the core of everything we do. To this end our Global Code of Business Conduct (Global Code) and our Africa Code of Professional Conduct outline the commitment we make and the standards we adhere to as Deloitte professionals. We take any breach of these commitments and standards seriously, and any breach may result in sanctions determined in accordance with the Deloitte Africa disciplinary framework.

A dedicated Chief Ethics Officer was appointed to drive our ethics strategy and programme.

We strongly believe that the tone at the top is critical to our ethics culture and as such, leadership demonstrates ethical leadership not only in word but also in decisions and actions. As part of the drive to ensure an ethics culture, our Chief Ethics Officer regularly facilitates conversations with all partners and directors on topical issues. In the past year the conversation centred on ‘Respect and Inclusion’ and ‘Responsible Business’.

A network of Ethics Champions has been established across the firm to assist in driving our ethics messaging throughout all service lines and all regions across the continent. Our annual ethics survey confirmed that 98% of respondents believe that Deloitte is an ethical workplace. The survey identified potential blind spots, which enables the ethics team to address these through targeted interventions. The Chief Ethics Officer shares the survey results with all Deloitte professionals, and presents both the results and an action plan to the Executive and the Board.

In addition to our Deloitte Africa Code of Professional Conduct, we have a number of internal policies to guide behaviour. These include Anti-corruption, Anti-harassment and Anti-discrimination, Anti-retaliation, Gifts and Entertainment, and Consensual Personal Relationships. Our Anti-corruption policy was updated and confirms our zero tolerance stance on bribery and corruption in compliance with local and global anti-corruption laws and regulations. All staff are required to complete ethics learning on an annual basis to ensure we drive awareness and a culture of ethics and integrity.

The Deloitte Speak Up platform provides a confidential channel through which ethics concerns can be raised. All reports are independently investigated, and action is taken where required. The Chief Ethics Officer presents a report on the outcome of all Speak Up reports to the Executive and the Board. A targeted communication strategy resulted in increased ethics awareness and a concomitant increase in the number of Speak Up reports over the past year.

 

Key Contact:

Dr Johan Erasmus
Chief Ethics Officer
Deloitte Africa

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