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Jo Geraghty

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Damaging allegations

Date added: 18th Jan 2016
Category: Culture of conduct/ethics

The sooner that businesses, or sports, or those in any other field cast off the blinkers of ‘me only’ and look to promote positive action and behaviour the better for the sector as a whole.

Cycling, football, athletics and now tennis; the allegations about corruption in sport just seem to keep coming. The latest, which are due to be broadcast by the BBC on Tuesday night, reportedly show “widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon.”

Reactions in the tennis world have been mixed. Whilst, according to the Guardian, Roger Federer called the allegations “far-fetched”, Novak Djokovic revealed that people working in his team were approached some 10 years ago by individuals who wanted him to throw a match in return for cash. Although the approach was instantly rebuffed the story illustrates the importance of everyone within a sport taking personal responsibility to retain the reputation and integrity of sport.

But this idea of personal responsibility is not simply confined to the sporting arena. In any business field the actions of the few can damage the reputation of the many. Banking, financial services, estate agents, even politicians have in the past few years seen the reputation of their sector tarred by the actions of those who would put personal gain ahead of integrity. In the age of social media the actions of one “cowboy” can sow seeds of doubt and mistrust across a profession.

That’s why it’s so important for organisations to not just clean up their own act and that of their people but also to look to promote ethical working across their business sector. Allegations can damage the reputation of the innocent as well as the guilty. The sooner that businesses, or sports, or those in any other field cast off the blinkers of ‘me only’ and look to promote positive action and behaviour the better for the sector as a whole.

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