News at Cranlana

Read recent news about our organisation, along with published articles written by our staff and alumni interviews

ethical leadership in business

Why is Ethical Leadership Important in Business?

Communities globally are become increasingly vocal about their expectations of business and government. Businesses are responding to the growing evidence pointing to the many benefits of strong ethical leadership for businesses in terms of brand safety, reputation management, staff retention, managing compliance and growing market share.

Who wouldn’t want to be bathing in the glow of stakeholder approval, presenting sterling balance sheets to the board and presiding over a workforce of happy, motivated and loyal employees? Particularly when there are high profile examples of the fate awaiting organisations which misread or disregard public sentiment on issues which affect the lives and futures of the communities within which they operate.

So, how do you arrive at this enviable position?

February 2020

Australia Day Honours 2020

This year twelve Cranlana Centre alumni were awarded Australia Day Honours, recognising their contribution to building a just, prosperous and sustainable society. We offer our warmest congratulations to each on these well deserved awards.

What is the Chatham House Rule?

All Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership programs are held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage open conversation and genuine debate. It’s a commonly used term, but do you know what it actually means and where it comes from?

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‘I don’t want to be one of those absent fathers’

When the application of law produces a manifest injustice it’s time to review the laws. Lead Moderator Peter Mares looks at what happens when foreign parents and Australian children become trapped between migration law and family law, two systems that don’t talk to one another.

Canberra Times, 16 January 2020

Overcoming the Isolation of Leadership

Do you take yourself out of your comfort zone often enough? Alumna Kate Chaney, Director of Innovation and Strategy for Anglicare WA, believes that is what’s required to truly innovate. In this article she discusses the benefits of Cranlana for her thinking and leadership. She and Chief Executive (and fellow alumnus) Mark Glasson have made Cranlana “an integral part of the journey for Anglicare WA’s leadership”, with the learnings inherent to their strategic processes.

Business News Western Australia, 17 April 2019

Maintaining Integrity Through Turmoil

While structural change is relatively common in the public sector – almost every new government makes their mark in some way – it doesn’t make the upheaval and turmoil any easier on those affected. CEO Vanessa Pigrum offers three steps to help public servants examine the situation, navigate a path through the uncertainty and find clarity of purpose.

Government News, 16 December 2019

Immigration Policies from a Migrant’s Perspective

Is public discourse of migration in Australia too narrow? Border regulation, the labour market, analyses of criminal justice data and the experience of international students – it’s all inter-related and needs to be considered together to shape a healthy migration policy. You can listen to the conversation here.
ABC, Radio National, 27 November 2019

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The Interest Based Approach to Conflict

Cranlana Centre alumna and Fair Work commissioner Katrina Harper-Greenwell talks about the interest based approach to conflict, and how to approach a dispute. “I think where HR can most benefit is getting a better understanding of the mutual, non-biased ethical approach to the dispute resolution process, and what their role is.”
HRM online, 25 November 2019

Why Leaders Should Create a Challenging Environment

A culture in which employees can challenge decisions and make a contribution offers organisations many benefits. As our CEO Vanessa Pigrum notes, “the difficulties that staff face in challenging authority come at a time when individuals are becoming more aware of their rights to access information about business practices, whether as employees or consumers.”
The Australian Financial Review, 6 November 2019

What are our obligations to animals?

Before the 2019 Melbourne Cup our Lead Moderator Peter Mares considered what we owe the horses running in it. Does the same Enlightenment-era reasoning that produced our cherished concepts of human equality and human dignity lead us to conclude that we have extensive obligations to other animals?
The Canberra Times, 4 November 2019

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Royal commission carries heavy burden of expectation

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim report has been delivered. Before it was released Lead Moderator Peter Mares predicted what some of its findings might be and suggested that there is a role to be played by all of us in addressing needs which, if we’re fortunate enough to live a long life, we will all experience.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2019

At Cranlana, Ethics is a Journey Not a Book of Rules

How do you do the right thing? CEO Vanessa Pigrum talks about ethical leadership in Australia, and the role of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership in building, strengthening and supporting its development across all sectors. After 25 years we know a thing or two about the topic, and the 23% increase in demand for our programs reflects the growing expectation that the organisations responsible for shaping our society act ethically and responsibly.
The Deal Magazine, The Australian, 22 October 2019


Scholarship Information

Sharpening critical reasoning and moral courage is a cornerstone of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. Our programs seek to equip participants to make the right decision, at the right time, for the right reason. Through CCEL’s programs participants are able to apply a more finely developed ethical lens to their leadership roles.

Should you send leaders to jail for toxic workplace cultures?

There is increasingly an expectation that desire individuals will be held accountable for the outcomes of toxic cultures. But how can that be achieved in a fair and sustainable way? CEO Vanessa Pigrum doesn’t “think stricter laws or regulations are going to address cultural issues. You cannot regulate for every occurrence, or every cultural development.” So by what other means can people be held to account?
HRM online, 16 October 2019

The Conversation Hour: Peter Mares, Brian Toohey, Lady Southey AC and Stephen Shelmerdine AM

What exactly is the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership? How do our programs develop better decision making? Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, joins Jon Faine as co-host to talk about what we do. The youngest daughter of Merlyn and Sidney Myer, Lady Marigold Southey AC, and wine maker and family historian Stephen Shelmerdine AM also join the conversation to discuss the new book “Cranlana: The First 100 Years – The House, The Garden, The People” by Michael Shmith.

Being Ethical Means More Than Following a List of Dos and Don’ts

Public service is a fraught endeavour. In the face of the complex and intractable issues the public sector is tasked with managing we need public servants capable of tackling these challenges in an ethical way. As CEO Vanessa Pigrum writes, “Simply having a code of conduct on the intranet or a list of dos and don’ts pasted to the wall of the office kitchen isn’t going to cut it. It’s something that has to be worked on every day and reinforced by organisational culture.”
The Mandarin, 5 September 2019

assistant federal housing minister Luke Howarth at the National Housing Conference. AHURI

Plenty of Ideas, Not Much Money

Lead Moderator Peter Mares argues that even if we don’t invest in social housing we are going to send a lot more public money on housing anyway. We’re just going to spend it in different, less effective ways. So, how best to address the shortage of social and affordable housing?
Inside Story, 2 September 2019

The True Cost of Unethical Leadership

What’s the true cost of unethical leadership? The slow but persistent rot of low morale and cynicism among staff will do more damage than any scandal. Our CEO Vanessa Pigrum explores some steps leaders can take to give their organisations solid foundations.
Human Resources Director Asia, 29 August 2019

Navigating Ethical Conundrums in the Workplace

What do you do if you’re required to be the face of an idea you think is bad, runs contrary to evidence and is against best practice? CEO Vanessa Pigrum talks with Lisa Leong and David Burfoot on This Working Life about how to create more principled workplaces.
Radio National, 27 August 2019

Michael Liffman with previous CEOs Moya Mills and Kate Latimer, and current CEO Vanessa Pigrum

The creation of Cranlana

Michael Liffman and Ken Myer were the forces behind the development of the Cranlana Programme, which in April 2019 became the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership when it joined forces with the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation.