We follow corporate scandals as they unfold in newspapers and other media. There seems to be a never-ending stream of illegal and unethical business conduct. The scandals relate to corruption and money funneled through complex ownership structures to offshore accounts. Sweatshops with children and grownups working under, what can only be described as, slave-like conditions. Leaders taking advantage of entrusted power, sexual advances, lewd and improper so-called jokes and discrimination. Adding harassment and bullying of employees who speak up, blind-eyeing unacceptable behavior, companies are put to shame and struggle to explain how they ended up in this situation. Corporate misconduct lead to scandals that blow out of proportions due to a lack of understanding of how to credibly deal with the challenges.
In the book the authors Michaela Ahlberg and Anna Romberg describe what it takes to put the policies, processes and framework of compliance in place. This is hard work indeed, but not enough to ensure real and lasting change. To achieve change one must also look at the compliance methodology as a tool to make the dilemmas visible, enabling and empowering leaders to tackle them. Dilemmas are rarely black or white, different priorities and human factors add to the complexity creating a grey zone of right and wrong. The book shows leaders how to step up and navigate the grey zone to make decisions, defining who they and their companies truly are.