What’s HR’s role in ethical business culture?

Volkswagen’s woes highlight need for ethical culture, leadership
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/27/2015

Volkswagen made headlines  recently for less-than-savoury business practices — with the Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker revealing it had intentionally programmed its vehicles to give false results on emission control tests — but it wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last incident of unethical business behaviour. 


So is it up to HR to be the business ethics police? Some would argue against the idea but as the HR profession takes on an increasingly strategic role, some experts feel ethics, and an ethical culture, are at the heart of HR.