Building a Culture of Ethics

Building a Culture of Ethics: A Practical Guide for African leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Through LEAP's work with CEOs and social entrepreneurs, it has gained a deep appreciation for the challenge of building a culture of ethics within an organization and extending that culture to all aspects of the organization's operations. While this challenge is not unique to Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular, it is further compounded by our poor enabling environment, in which there are few strong private or public institutions that promote corporate ethics or expose and sanction unethical behavior.
In recognition of this, LEAP Africa published this book on ethics; this practical, extensively researched and easy-to-read book will inspire and guide Nigerian and African entrepreneurs as well as employees to build and sustain a culture of ethics in their organizations.
“This book, by standards has communicated in one word ‘ethics’ and in simple terms what it basically takes to run and grow sustainable value adding businesses that will stand the test of time. The case studies are very evidential and they also buttress the simple statement that ‘it will cost you (individual or organization) the same energy (if not more) to do bad as it will to do good.’ For any existing or aspiring entrepreneur, this book will make lots sense in steering their cause towards generational success because ETHICS is a major and crucial building block to creating a world class brand, business and country.”

Osayi Alile Oruene
Executive Director

“Building an organization on a foundation of trust and ethical business practices is a requirement for long-term survival. If that foundation is not carefully managed, however, organizations can easily get off track and suffer the consequences. This book uses the latest research and established best practices to show management how to develop and then maintain an ethical corporate culture. It is a practical guide to understanding the essence of ethical leadership.”

David Hess
Assistant Professor of Business Law & Business Ethics
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan

“Brilliant! The ideal and timely contribution to a needed discourse to advance ethics in business and public life in Nigeria.”
Business Day

“BUILDING A CULTURE OF ETHICS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR LEADERS IN THE AFRICAN PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS, is an important book. It meets the crucial challenge of deepening the culture of ethics in African institutions, by deploying some of the most persuasive arguments drawn from local surveys, examples of businesses and international experiences, to make the case that especially is an environment generally perceived as corrupt, the ethical company is presented with its best opportunity to distinguish itself. The effort is significant because despite the growing positive reception in Africa for the ethical imperative in business, there is still considerable cynicism about the subject, This is not just another book on ethics in the market place, it is a thoroughly researched, step-by-step guide to building ethical institutions. It is an extremely helpful contribution to the ethical discourse.”

Professor Yemi Osinbajo
Former Attorney-General, Lagos State

“Building a Culture of Ethics captures the essential elements of ethical leadership. The success of entrepreneurs and their businesses hinge on ethical choices. With this book, LEAP Africa provides the leaders of tomorrow with a user’s guide – a toolkit for ethical conduct and a sound compass for navigating the business environment in these complex times.”

Steadman Harrison
Senior Innovation Associate
Center for Creative Leadership

“This book lives up to the billing in its sub-title; it actually constitutes ‘a practical guide’ to anyone who is interested in promoting ethical management and conduct among people who take on leadership responsibility in any society. While it has the potential to be of real benefit to leaders everywhere, it is, of course, directed particularly to people who operate in situations where the principle of true accountability still struggles for full acceptance and adoption. By drawing upon illustrations from the social contexts of Nigeria and Africa, the book recommends itself for immediate appearance at the top of the ‘must read’ literature for our office holders. For me, one advantage of overwhelming significance is that Building a Culture of Ethics, in its fifth chapter, challenges all of us to step out and speak against unethical behaviour and practices. Not only does this help each reader to recognize his or her own need to be ethical, but it also emphasizes the obligation that we all have to insist that our leaders be accountable for their management of our corporate assets and interests. So far, we seem to have acquiesced in the largely unethical performance of most of our leaders. Building a Culture of Ethics has arrived in time to jolt us out of our somnolent attitude and encourage us to make up for past and current failures in our civic responsibility. We should be grateful to LEAP Africa for this respectable contribution to the building of a healthier society in our developing nation.”

Dr. Christopher Kolade, CON
Pan-African University

“This is a thought provoking and practical book. It clearly and systematically makes a case for a ‘culture of ethics’ in organizations, whether businesses or non-profit organizations. I agree with two key conclusions of the book: (1) that sound ethics consistently applied, at both personal and corporate levels, would become a source of competitive advantage over time - indeed, this has been our experience in Capital Alliance; and (2) that those in positions of leadership must lead by example in order to build an enduring culture of ethics in any organization. I recommend the book very highly to all who seek practical ways to ‘walk the talk’ and build a culture of ethics in their organizations.”

Okey Enelamah
Chief Executive Officer
Capital Alliance

“To many, ‘business ethics’ is one of those unfortunate contractions in terms because business and ethics appear not to mix too well here in Nigeria. Can ‘successful business’ also be ‘ethical business’ and vice versa? In BUILDING A CULTURE OF ETHICS, LEAP Africa suggests the simple answer is ‘Yes!’ And they outline the range of issues that must be carefully thought through to make this a reality. It is the path to sustainable business results and so I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.”
Convention for Business Integrity