However recent news reports may be a better indicator of why ethics needs to remain in the spotlight.
July and August 2013 headline stories:
-Mayor Bob Filner inappropriate conduct with respect to women in San Diego.
-Alex Rodriguez and other baseball players, role models for children, accused of using illegal and harmful drugs to get an edge.
-David Ortiz using the F word to get the citizens of Boston to rally against terrorism following that up with a reverse Superman imitation by destroying a phone in the Red Sox dugout after striking out.
-Ariel Castro holding multiple women in captivity for over 10 years, kills an unborn baby, pleads guilty, and tells the court, he is not a bad person.
-Eliot Spitzer running for office.
-400 teens killed in Chicago in gang violence with no public outcry.
-Congress continuing to exempt itself from laws they impose on the public.
-One in four people around the world paid a bribe in the past 12 months.
-IBM is being probed by the U.S Justice Department over corruption allegations in Poland, Argentina, Bangladesh and Ukraine, adding to bribery charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
-A director of a Chevron Corp. (CVX) contractor was jailed for five years after being found guilty of defrauding Indonesia of
-Anthony Weiner running for office.
Perhaps the need for ethics officers in today’s world is not that complex.
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, maybe it is a duck. Maybe“the world has just gone to heck in a hand basket.”