ERC Report: Employees Take Ownership of Company Ethics Around the Globe

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 Recently, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) released a report on how employees around the globe take ownership of a company’s ethics by speaking up when they see wrongdoing. The report, entitled “Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower,” was co-sponsored by Dell and dispels many misconceptions people have about whistleblowers. I encourage you to visit the ERC website and read it.

We co-sponsored the report because we believe team members who have the courage to raise their hands and report wrongdoing form the front line of a culture of compliance. Our company does encourage team members to act as owners and speak up when they see things that aren’t in line with our core values of winning with integrity and doing the right thing each time, every time. And we maintain a no-retaliation policy when they do.

Dell’s ERC sponsorship is a demonstration of Dell’s commitment to always doing business in an ethical manner. We believe our reputation as an ethical company and trustworthy business partner is one of our most valuable assets and critical to our success. Our commitment to winning with integrity requires that we take all credible reports of suspected misconduct seriously, investigate them fairly and confidentially, and take appropriate corrective action where warranted.

About the Author: Michael McLaughlin

Mike McLaughlin is Dell’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and a Legal Senior Vice President who leads the following global functions at Dell: employment law, employment litigation, ethics, compliance and privacy. Prior to joining Dell in 2000, Mike was at Rohm and Haas Company (now a part of Dow Chemical Company) and Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. Mike graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Judge James L. Latchum, United States District Court, District of Delaware.
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