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The panel discussion I moderated last week at Crain's Future of NYC Summit was supposed to examine what has led to such explosive growth in the city's technology sector. But within minutes we plunged into the topic of hate speech, the role tech companies have played in exacerbating it, and whether it is possible to be an ethical CEO in the era of massive valuations.
That's life in America these days.
As the dust settles after the global whirlwind known as GDPR, many American digital marketers may be sitting back thinking they’ve complied with European regulations and their work is done. If this is you, I’m afraid I have some bad news: The next storm is imminent.
The truth is, GDPR is simply the European version of data regulation, and consumer protections are quickly spreading across the Atlantic.
A mentor named David Springgate identified me as a young professional he wanted to develop, and encouraged me to take the risk and switch into an industry — energy — that I was unfamiliar with.
He taught me that in business, your reputation, ethics and integrity are invaluable and irreplaceable assets. This helped me to constantly keep at the forefront of my mind that, in all that I do and say, I must always stay true to my principles, always maintain my integrity and conduct myself in an ethical manner. David also had many other outstanding gems of advice, including “be bold enough to think outside the box” and “give everything your very best effort.”
The word “ethics” appears only a handful of times in the 347 pages of the first volume of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, not including its footnotes and list of abbreviations.
It appears just once in the 487 pages of Volume 2. And it appears not at all in the 107 pages of Volume 3. It’s a curiously light touch on an issue that would seem to be at the core of the report’s narrative.
Please feel free to contact the Ethikos Weekly Newsletter editor Margaret Dragon.
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