NZ Business Ethics Awards
Rodger co-created the New Zealand Business Ethics Awards in 1999 following completion of his PhD research that had identified and studied similar initiatives internationally. For example, in the USA The Business Enterprise Trust produced advertisements which appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal asking readers to “Tell us about the business decision you most admire”:
It’s one of the great untold stories in business - the success of individuals and companies who know there’s more to good business than next quarter’s bottom line:
- Employees who aren’t afraid to show moral courage and act on principle.
- Entrepreneurs willing to take risks for a socially visionary product or service.
- Managers who have pioneered enlightened business practices.
- Investors and executives with a long-term perspective and commitment to the commonweal.
The New Zealand awards have celebrated good business practices and provided benchmarks for other businesses to measure their own practices. They have responded to the increasing interest from shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and the public who want to encourage responsible business. The awards were created as part of the Deloitte/Management Magazine Top 200 Awards. Rodger helped organize and judge the awards until 2013. Nominees were assessed in terms of Rodger’s Four P’s model that tested their ability to demonstrate a clear purpose behind the practice(s), that the principles have been thought through, and that there had been effective performance measurement. The award is now The Excellence in Governance Award and is sponsored by the Institute of Directors.