Developing ethical competence, integrity and trust in Government – or – Why good people need good institutions, and good institutions need good people
There is a growing interest in ethical competence within the Public Sector, with a particular focus on professional practice and personal integrity.
Central to ethical competence in practice is an ability to achieve a justifiable balance between an organisation’s stated ‘Core Values’, its Code of Conduct, the law, and community expectations.
For any integrity issue to be effectively resolved it must first be identified correctly for what it is, in a relevant context. Problematic reasoning about an integrity matter - such as a conflict of interests - should not emerge for the first time in the course of an investigation, or in Court.
This case-based workshop will explore new skill-based approaches for managing typical integrity demands faced by public officials, and citizens’ demands for integrity in our public institutions.
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
When: 17 May at 12:30 pm
Speaker: Howard Whitton, The Ethicos Group
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Howard Whitton is a Founding Director of The Ethicos Group – a collaborative of 16 experts focused primarily on Government Ethics, Whistleblowing, Codes of Conduct, and Corruption Prevention.
Following a 25-year public service career in Australia, Howard joined the OECD's Public Governance Directorate in Paris, co-authoring the 2004 OECD Guidelines on Managing Conflict of Interest – still available in 30 languages.
He is also the author of the Standards of Ministerial Ethics commissioned by former Senator John Faulkner, which were adopted as Government policy by the incoming federal government in 2007, and endorsed by succeeding Prime Ministers up to the present, largely unchanged.
Howard was a consultant to the first UN Ethics Office, and is a member of the Trans-national Research Institute on Corruption at ANU, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Canberra.