When is expert investigation required?
Although I regularly work for governments, most of my work is focused on companies. I often do this for or with lawyers, especially when it comes to incidents, but the consultancy work and training are always directly commissioned by companies.
For example, the consultancy work may be focused on improving the resilience of companies against integrity breaches. By improving job satisfaction, employees will show themselves to be more loyal to the company, recognise and report abuses sooner and are less likely to be guilty of them themselves. Such projects start with the management of the company, including the members of the Supervisory Board, with a detailed analysis of the method of management in relation to elements that influence the (desirable) actions of the employees.
What this means
for a company
In addition to improving overall resilience to integrity breaches, internationally operating companies experience trade challenges in which doing business fairly can prove challenging. International anti-bribery regulations require many Dutch organisations to change their way of doing business and their mentality. By making a good analysis of how the company now operates in relation to the legal requirements, an improvement plan can be drawn up. But that change will prove difficult if the employees do not come to different insights themselves. That is why such assignments are accompanied by training based on practical case studies to stimulate these insights.
Since 1995 I have been involved in all possible aspects of integrity improvement, from the development of codes of conduct, making risk factors measurable (yes, there is a test) to setting up operational audits aimed at managing integrity risk. In that context, I even appeared before the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the Construction Industry, as an expert in integrity and government. I am not an ethicist or behavioural scientist, but a specialist in applied ethics, as a professor of business ethics once pointed out.
“It's a shame that most people think that a little bit of integrity doesn't exist, that you are in control of your own integrity or that opportunity makes the thief. Integrity turns out to be an enigma to many, but it doesn’t need to be. The beauty of good integrity management is that it leads to a reduction in absenteeism, an increase in turnover and much better control of the company.”
Good integrity management creates job satisfaction and resilience for your organisation
Of my estimated 80,000 total working hours, I now have 70,000 behind me, of which I have spent 60,000 hours investigating facts and figures in financial administrative and similar environments. I want to use this experience and reputation to spend the remaining 10,000 hours of my working life helping clients win their cases through relevant, reproducible, verifiable and objective research.
Consult in time!
It’s never too early to focus on integrity control and really do something about it, but know that if an incident occurs, you are already too late.
What does expert investigation do for companies?
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