The Case For Ethical Due Diligence

Law360, New York (September 29, 2017, 1:09 PM EDT) -- As CEO of Ethical Systems, I'm frequently asked about the business case for ethics. Can it be financially beneficial for corporations to focus on their own ethical behavior? I often point to the research that shows that running an ethical company pays in the long run, particularly since the alternative increases legal and enforcement costs, and impacts a firm's reputation.

But a panel I just co-chaired at the New York State Bar Association International Section's Seasonal Meeting in Guatemala helps underscore how ethics risk can directly impact the bottom line.

The case involves a Dutch company (APM Terminals, which is owned...

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