I read with interest my latest edition of Alberta Venture and the wrap up column on business ethics "The Right Call" that has been shepherded by Fil Fraser since April 2008. I got to participate as a contributor in a number of the issues and enjoyed the opportunity to consider some key ethical questions that industry faces these days.
I agree with the tag line on the contribution written by Fil alone in this edition "We Broke New Ground." Ethics is a key concern of most people these days, in our dealings with business, politics, government and in relation to all our institutions. It is hard to name an institution that has not betrayed our trust in one way or another in the past 15 years or so. Albertans are measuring business and government on ethical terms these days. This is especially true in terms industries who must justify their a social license to operate or governments to be seen as worthy of a citizen's consent to govern. Institutions are been evaluated by citizens too in terms of effectiveness, integrity, intent, accountability and transparency, as well as fulfilling their public service duty and mandate.
The list of fellow contributors is in the final column and I am proud to note most of them are friends of mine. Like all good things, it has come to an end. I encourage you to read the columns and especially the last one. It has been fun so thanks to Fil Fraser and Ruth Kelly for making it happen.