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Welcome to the PAUL MAILLET CENTER FOR ETHICS

If you have a passion for organizational ethics and making a difference, we can help you. Do we share a like-minded view of positive and constructive approaches to organizational ethics and social responsibility that reflects respect, integrity and compassion?

We have many interests; from consultant project work, to advocacy, to pro bono work. We consult, dialogue, network, teach and we socialize. We are a company of associates, partners, licensees, clients and friends.

If we share common values and a passion for making a difference in any way, contact us.   If you have a question regarding organizational ethics or a subject you would like to discuss, leave a comment below.

Paul Maillet

  ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ORGANIZATIONAL ETHICS, ANTI CORRUPTION, REPRISAL PROTECTION, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, PEACE BUILDING, TRAUMA RESILIENCY? 

Is your disclosure of wrongdoing response on the right track?  Perhaps it is useful to reflect on what direction are we evolving our responses to disclosures?  As ethics officers, are we in a forensic role or an administrative role?  Are we about mediation, informal resolution, before investigative activity, before we make findings and recommendations to the appropriate authority?  Are we about catching bad people, legal compliance and discipline?  Many seem to be going the way of being another quasi-legal arm of the justice system, rather than operating in the domain of ethical behavior and related administrative processes.    We seem to be very “risk adverse” in drawing “blame” conclusions for fear of liabilities if mistakes are made.   We should be able to call misconduct as it is, in all its shades and variations, and that “certain behaviours are clearly unacceptable”.   I believe that we have to position ethics and law in terms of the understanding that law is the “codification of certain values in areas of significant impact to the organization or society”.     We do not codify everything and should therefore have room to make determinations in the domain of ethical values when ethical issues are raised.  The domain of ethics and values offers alternatives that allow for the distinction between “errors in judgement and deficiencies in values”.  There are alternatives relating to forgiveness, apology and tolerance and mediation.  Perhaps we should only advance cases to the point where criminality is involved, and then it is time to handoff the case to those authorities capable of handling forensic evidence and with the authority to investigate and dispense justice in accordance with the law.  In that way, legal and ethical organizational capacities complement, rather than duplicate each other.”  See the viewpoints page for the complete article.

Conflict Management    ” Current approaches may decide on matters, but do not necessarily create a positive future.  Processes based on competing rights or interests, still involve a dimension of winning and losing.  We suggest an approach that advocates a  discussion of shared values, of seeking an objective and sympathetic understanding of the issue, of setting aside fixed views and looking at the issue in terms of values and moral possibilities.  I think we must change our view from typically western notions of  “minimizing harm and neglect” to actively seeking to “promote harmony, well being and the public good.”

Moral dilemmas vs human rights.  How can we know whether something is an ethical or  human rights issue, or just a simple matter of opinion?   How does that play into politics and towing the party line?   We can conclude that human rights is a very significant ethical issue.   Ethical issues have the potential for harm, uncertainty, or competing values, with considerations of laws, consequences, care for others and values.  Your opinion is a reflection of your personal values, your capacity for moral reasoning, and your emotive response.  You are always accountable for your moral decisions. Politics and “party lines” are no excuse for unethical behavior.  There must be some consensus between personal and party values. Know yourself. Have courage. Always seek to do the right thing.”

Do you need a simple decision making model for your organization?   We have a simple model based on ethical “AWARENESS, REFLECTION, ACTION”.  It involves balancing rules, consequences, care for others and your values.  It operates at the levels of “I, other, organizational, client, and society.”  It has a foundation of social responsibility, based on integrity in governance, environmental responsibility, economic sustainability and societal beneficence.

Do you need peace services?  We offer a “Building Communities of Peace” Program.  A “Whole Person” and “Whole of Community” Program.  We offer a journey of building “peace within” yourself as a person, and “peace between” others in your community and your relationships. Suitable for individuals, groups, schools, governments, or communities. 

  • Building communities of peace. Awareness through discussion, dialogue, meditation, friendship events and sessions involving children, youth, elders, men and women.
  • Doing the right thing. Ethics awareness, ethical reasoning and ethical action. Ethical decision making.
  • Sometimes life is hard: Building inner peace and wellbeing. Trauma Resiliency. How to respond to suffering or trauma in a positive and healthy manner.
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Peacemaking capacities. Truth and reconciliation. Non-Violent Communication. Conflict Resolution. Peace Practitioners Certificate Program.
  • Nothing is broken. Practices to create a “mind of peace” through the breath, settling the mind, being fully present in the moment, developing mindfulness and insight in ethics, trauma resiliency and peace, understanding the impermanence and imperfection of life.

Presentations, Sessions or Programs are available which can be tailored to your needs.