Giving voice to values: #

Dealing with bullying and harassment in the era of hashtags. Led by Eva Tsahuridu.

Hosted by the School of Accounting, over 60 people from academia, professional bodies and industry contributed to the successful workshop, Giving Voice to Values: # Dealing with bullying and harassment in the era of hashtags, on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

A cross-collaboration between RMIT’s School of Accounting, the Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) and industry participants, the conversation featured world renowned ethicist Professor Mary Gentile, who developed the Giving Voice to Values approach to ethics at work, Lyn Goodear, CEO of the Australian HR Institute and Rosie Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Project Rockit

Professor Gentile established the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) approach to values-driven leadership development in business education and the workplace. Gentile provided insight into ingraining moral issues and ethical values in the world of work, both taking on a very different approach to ethics, answering the question: “How do I do what is right?” 

Lyn Goodear and Ms Rosie Thomas also provided their perspectives to the issues and challenges of voicing our values in the current context.  

Goodear suggested that organisations do not create value, people create value and referred to many examples of values being voiced and silenced. Referring to the #metoo movement, Goodear used this as a prime example of a HR’s failure to address complaints of workplace harassment.

A different perspective was offered by Thomas, who started Project Rockit straight after high school. Project Rockit is now the go-to youth cybersafety partner and on the global safety boards of social heavyweights Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and Telstra. 

The event was opened by Professor Steven Dellaportas, the Head of the School of Accounting who reflected on the development and gaps in the accounting ethics education and chaired by Dr Heather Stewart, ABEN’s deputy chair and lecturer at Griffith University.

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