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Korea: Workers would not report wrongdoings

Date: 17 Nov 2006

Four out of five employees in Korea would not report colleagues wrongdoing to their manager or to company ethics departments, according to a new report by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

Out of 300 staff surveyed, 70 percent said they would only give personal warnings to their colleagues about bad behaviour, whilst 8 percent said that they would completely ignore the problem.

According to the KCCI, the results showed that although growing numbers of companies are creating ethics departments, the corporate culture still remains one of loyalty to friends and colleagues above keeping the rules.

Most of the survey respondents, however, suggested that since their company launched an ethics initiative, the company's working environment had substantially improved.

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