ABSTRACT

In the corporate jungle inhabited by Enrons and WorldComs, a lack of transparency is the root of all scandal. Yet delivering transparency seems immensely difficult, with the oftencompeting interests of shareholders, corporate boards, government regulators and other stakeholders to be taken into account. Drawing on a vast wealth of real-life examples from the commercial world, this lively business book goes in search of the appropriate limits of transparency. From commercial confidentiality and the ethics of marketing to lobbying and corporate corruption, the author addresses the position, significance and limits of transparency in modern corporate life, working through the dilemmas presented by the increasing calls for transparency. From the secrets of the boardroom to the struggles of NGOs, transparency is a persistent challenge. How much is enough? How much do we need? And how do companies actually report on their impacts?

chapter 1|8 pages

Approaching Transparency

chapter 2|8 pages

Case Studies

chapter 3|16 pages

Coming to Terms with Transparency

chapter 4|16 pages

What is a Company, Exactly?

chapter 5|10 pages

The Right Perspective

chapter 6|10 pages

The Ethics of Personal Transparency

chapter 7|20 pages

Reporting: Talking Your Walk

chapter 8|12 pages

Reporting Challenges

chapter 10|12 pages

The Certainty of Tax

chapter 11|12 pages

The Crisis in Confidence

chapter 12|12 pages

Corruption

chapter 13|12 pages

Lobbying and Complicity

chapter 14|8 pages

A Future for Integrity