How important is business integrity and ethical leadership in today’s society?

How important is business integrity and ethical leadership in today’s society?
15 April, 2020 Guest Writer

How important is business integrity and ethical leadership in today’s society?

In the NetClean Report 2019, a survey of one hundred large US businesses showed that nine in ten businesses have a corporate policy in place that states that it is prohibited to handle child sexual abuse material in the company’s IT environment or on company devices. Eight in ten businesses report that they use technology to detect or block such material.

 VMware, based in Palo Alto in California with more than 500,000 customers globally, is committed to being a force for good, from its innovations to its global impact. In the NetClean Report 2019, VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, commented on ethical business leadership.

By Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer, VMware

Today is the fastest day of technological evolution for the rest of your life; today is also the slowest day of technological evolution for the rest of your life. This provides us with incredible possibilities.

Will we expand the life of every human on the planet and eradicate diseases that have plagued mankind? Can we ensure modern education for every child on the planet, lift the remaining 10% of the planet out of poverty, and reverse the implications of climate change? While we cannot predict the future, we can say that technology will play a significant role in these efforts.

Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer, VMware

Technologies also amplify human behaviour, both the good and the bad. This is why it is critical that we act responsibly in relation to the technologies that we create and the services that we provide; shaping them so that they are used in the way that was intended.

Drivers like the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals highlight the fact that companies must act in the interest of the future of the planet and humanity. One of the goals, SDG 16.2 – End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children, is to secure a prosperous future for all children, and all businesses have a great stake in this.

Child sexual abuse is a problem that has migrated online with the development of technology, and we must ensure that the dissemination of child sexual abuse material is disrupted in all services that we provide. Companies must act swiftly, responsibly and demonstrate leadership and integrity to ensure that we are doing everything we can to safeguard children.

“Companies must act swiftly, responsibly and demonstrate leadership and integrity to ensure that we are doing everything we can to safeguard children.”

At VMware, we use our own products and technology to solve our most critical challenges — the same ones faced daily by every IT organisation. A great example of this is our approach to build security intrinsically into our platform to eliminate a host of cyber threats and security complexity.

Now more than ever, the tech community has an individual and collective responsibility to engage and act. This applies not only to our own businesses but also to shaping global policy and regulatory frameworks to ensure that technology serves the greater good. At VMware, we strive to be a force for good.

About VMware

VMware is a leading innovator in enterprise software. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings, provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact.