Vice- President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has charged corporate leaders on the adoption and entrenchment of high ethical standards and good governance to engender business sustainability. He spoke at the virtual 2020 Conference of the Institute of Directors in Abuja.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice President pointed out that frequent clashes between conscience and wrongful behavior will eventually create a toxic work environment and destroy corporate objectives and visions.
He said: “There is also enough history of how cutting corners and dishonesty ultimately bring down the whole enterprise. This we have seen in the facts behind the collapse of many Nigerian financial institutions from the nineties to the more recent occurrences in 2009. Yes, it took a while for the institutions to unravel but the point is made that on the long run, unethical practices are unsustainable.
“Besides for quoted companies, the dangers of unethical behavior are much graver. Local and international investors have greater access to information and more options than ever before, the slightest whiff of scandal or malfeasance can destroy value built up over the years.
"The local and especially the international examples of the collapse of companies thought to be too big to fail and brand names that had even once been associated with integrity and strong business ethics is a strong reminder of just how brittle edifices built on weak business ethics are," the statement stated.
Speaking further, the Vice President stated that company’s stakeholders are far more than investors, management, or employees but also customers, clients, trade partners, suppliers, media, the general public, government and now and the environment.