A former leader at my company used to repeat that we would rather lose business than compromise our standards.
He said it in speeches after speeches. We created a poster with that quote. Ethics & Compliance Officers used the same words during employee training sessions. Soon, other business leaders started to borrow the expression. Then, employees who reported wrongdoing told us they found the courage to speak up because they knew that this is what the company wanted.
That sentence became a mantra.
What’s your ethical mantra?