Eye on the world: Promoting honesty

In “The payoff for society in rewarding whistle-blowersThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “Since 2012, when the SEC first began to offer a bounty for insider tips on fraud and other types of corruption, it has given $156 million to 45 whistle-blowers. And these cases have led to the recovery of nearly $1 billion in penalties.… Since the whistle-blower award program started, the SEC has received more than 14,000 tips, many from people in other countries. The information has triggered hundreds of investigations and improved the rate of convictions and the severity of sentences. These acts of courage—despite a fear of possible retaliation by a boss—show that many employees see themselves as guardians of their company’s integrity. A rise in whistle-blowing is also improving the ethical behavior of companies.… The big lesson in rewarding whistle-blowers is that the vice of financial wrongdoing can be curbed not only by punishment but also by highlighting the virtues of honesty and transparency. Justice over evil always requires a measure of goodness.”

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