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Chrm Message From: prakash_chintamani Total Posts: 18 Join Date: 10/05/2007
Rank: Executive Post Date: 16/07/2007 00:22:29 Points: 90 Location: United States

Dear Industry Leaders & Champions,

Given below keynote address by Dr. Bimal Jalan, which has caught attention of many on Ethical Value Added to Corporation.

Just wanted to share with all of you.

It's important to go back to business ethics: Dr. Bimal Jalan

The following are the edited transcripts of RBI Governor Dr. Bimal Jalan’s keynote address at the Business Today Corporate Governance Summit held in Mumbai. The Summit, sponsored by the Tata Group, included the keynote address by Dr. Jalan and a panel discussion on the topic by Adi Godrej, MV Kamath and Joel Stern.

"I am really very happy to be here to release The Annual survey of India’s Wealth Creators, many of whom happen to be present here today. "

"It is also very important to my mind that the occasion happens to be releasing the concept of wealth creation in terms of EVA and MVA (the Economic Value Added and the Market Value Added) concepts which are certainly much more valid in trying to assess the contribution of enterprises to a country’s income or a country’s wealth rather than net earnings which are normally used for market capitalization which is a concept that we use day to day. "

"So in any assessment of the contribution of the corporate sector to our country’s growth the use of capital, I think what it measures really is the efficiency with which you are using your capital both in terms of market prices as well as in terms of what is referred to as the economic prices. So the concepts are extremely valid. "

"The importance of the subject for India can hardly be exaggerated because we are in a period of transition from the old methods of doing things to the new methods of doing things, from family oriented business enterprises to much more professional enterprises, to a less competitive, better tuned closed system to an open system. So the importance of Corporate Governance in making this transaction is more important, more urgent in our kind of a country who has well-established industrial societies. "

"It has become very urgent and a very contemporary thing to talk about after the recent debacles of governance in some of the best known corporate in the United States, more recently in the U.K. and Europe as well. "

"The Stock Exchange authorities in the United States as well as in the rest of the world are also busy trying to evolve new standards of disclosure, accountability, accounting, auditing rules, placing greater responsibilities on the individuals for the accurate depiction of the state of finances and I am sure the concept that you are talking about, of the EVA and the MVA and the kind of contribution that you have made could form an important part of the whole business of disclosing the real state of a company or a corporation. "

"The different kinds of Corporate Governance models are also being debated, I think all across the world today. India is an economy in transition - as a competitive economy that is moving fast to becoming an industrial society. In becoming an important partner in trade and finance with the rest of the world, I hope that we will distill the best conclusions from this Corporate Governance Summit. "

"Structure is important, CEO’s responsibility is important, the shareholders’ accountability to the market is important, the disclosure norms, auditing are extremely important. But the point I want to make to you that above all there is another attribute to Corporate Governance, which doesn’t receive that, much attention as it should. That is Ethics. Ethics cannot be captured in the structure or in the published balance sheet, but I am sure that you know it when you see it. "

"What does it represent? It represents in the corporations, to my mind, a respect not only for the law as it is written, not only for the accounting roles, rules as they are published but what is behind it – that is the sanctity of contracts, sanctity of truthfulness, all the rules that you see, the structures you see, are ultimately designed to promote an ethical conduct on the part of the corporations. "

"Customer Service for example, is not only connected with sales, it has also some thing to do with your service which cannot be captured in the structures and rules and accounting rules. All of us say it is lip service, but we have to look at it that whether you are dealing with your customers in ethical way, whether you are dealing with your contracts in ethical way, whether there is truth and trust among your suppliers and among your buyers in regard to money and goods. "

"In Accounting, you can lay down any number of rules but if you ask four accountants you will find that they will give a different treatment of, for example, of Receivables. What is a Receivable, what is not a Receivable, what is due and what is not Due and what should be shown in the balance sheet ultimately is a question of ethics, what you think is right and if you tell your accountant that what you think is right then you believe in it. "

"Ethical conduct is not an emotional thing or a sentimental thing. It is in the interest of the corporation. If you look at the corporations, which over a period of fifty years or hundred years have done well, you will find that they are known for their ethics even today."

"I think we are passing through a transitional phase and where it is the important to go back to the business ethics. To my mind that is probably the best value added. I would put ethics as the Ethical Value Added, which is probably the most important value, added that a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) could gift to his corporation. And if he does, then the other EVA (Economic Value Added) and the MVA (Market Value Added) to my mind will follow. Thank you for having me here once again and giving me an opportunity to share some views with you. Thank you very much.

Warm Regards

P. Chintamani

Chrm Message From: Jyoti Rani Total Posts: 67 Join Date: 10/05/2007  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 03/02/2009 05:29:10 Points: 335 Location: United States

Dear Mr. Chitamani,

Thanks for making Dr. Bimal Jalan's address promient by making it available in this platform.

Yes, ethics in business is very important and it should be way of life - way of conduct rather.

The way a human being, family, professional and an organisation conducts is very important, do we really think and dream honesty and truthfulness, do we really ponder over our way of conducts and desire to have the peace of mind while sleeping, may be i am sounding philosophical, but these are the roots of ethics, the moment one inculcates this, automatically it gets delievered in every personal and professional actions.

From my experience, i saw this in my mum and luckily in my current boss and desire to deliever or inculcate in my upbring of my children... and to my team. My boss (CEO) and i had always major interaction on recruitments, he use to say that its not only the skill match, communication, its the attitude and mindset of the candidate also, while handling accounts person's vacancy, he asked all to be interviewed candidates what are the three important qualities an accounts guy should have, he kept on top most honesty, i use to wonder, today i understand what that honesty he meant......

Thanks once again.



Chrm Message From: Preanca Total Posts: 4 Join Date: 10/05/2007  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 20/05/2010 15:43:57 Points: 20 Location: United States
Business ethics (also known as Corporate ethics) is a form of applied ethics or professional ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that arise in a business environment. It applies to all aspects of business conduct and is relevant to the conduct of individuals and business organizations as a whole. Applied ethics is a field of ethics that deals with ethical questions in many fields such as medical, technical, legal and business ethics.
Chrm Message From: manish_jha Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 10/05/2007  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 22/04/2011 15:15:00 Points: 10 Location: United States

Ethics is the principal of life, what is wrong and what is right.

In the Business , Ethics plays an important role in business to get the business. It is not for 1 time ,but it plays an important role in establishing a strong & trusty relationship.

Chrm Message From: Swatiwadekar Total Posts: 3 Join Date: 10/05/2007  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 25/04/2011 06:03:59 Points: 15 Location: United States
an effective, efficient, and responsible enterprise generates revenue by satisfying customers. It attracts capital by meeting investor expectations for return on investment. It increases effectiveness by attracting the best employees. It reduces costs by reducing mistakes, misconduct, and misunderstandings.

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