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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the principles of ethics to a business environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230078  Apply the principles of ethics to a business environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Insurance and Investment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14505  Apply the principles of ethics and professionalism to a business environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners in a business environment who are in a position to impact on an organisation's code of ethics and its implementation. It is designed to raise moral standards as a counter to potential or real corruption within a business environment. The focus is on ethics and corporate governance. It requires application of knowledge of legislation and codes that contain references to ethics for a selected business sector and analysis and interpretation of the implementation of a code within an organisation. It provides an opportunity for the learner to integrate theory and practice and to engage in thinking processes at a high level. It will be useful for Senior Managers, Company Secretaries, Compliance Officers, Human Resources, Directors of Companies, Risk Managers, Retirement Fund Consultants, Intermediaries and Trustees. The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge and insight into legislation, regulations and codes relating to corporate governance and ethics in a selected business sector.
  • Applying the principles that underpin ethics and professionalism to a code of conduct.
  • Critically evaluating the implementation of an organisation's ethical code or value system.
  • Developing a plan to initiate or improve commitment and compliance in the implementation of a code in an organisation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication at Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • Codes are codes of practice, reporting codes and standards and may be the codes of an organisation, sector, industry or professional organisation.
  • Legislation and codes include, but are not limited to, Financial Advisory and Intermediaries Services Act (FAIS), Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA), Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA), Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities Act (POCDTRA), the current accepted code of good governance (King 11 as at March 2006 and any subsequent Code that replaces King II), and specific industry related legislation.
  • Organisations include, but are not limited to, employees, clients, customers, providers and other stakeholders.
  • Internationally accepted principles relate to the ethical question of doing what is good, right and fair.
  • African value systems include, but are not limited to, Ubuntu, Tirasano, and collaborative and participative models of governance and ethics. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and insight into legislation, regulations and codes relating to corporate governance and ethics in a selected business sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ethics related requirements in different legislation, regulations and codes applicable to a selected business sector are analysed and explained with reference to the effect on business values, practices and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implications of triple bottom line reporting on a selected business are explained with reference to the ethical aspects of reporting on safety, environmental, health and social responsibility. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply the principles that underpin ethics and professionalism to a code of conduct. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Internationally accepted principles that are the basis of a good code of conduct are researched and explained with reference to their relevance in a selected business environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of the African value systems on codes of ethics in South Africa is analysed with reference to aspects that are unique in the South African context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The business case for compliance with codes and the ethical code of an organisation is explained with reference to the role in attracting investors. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Critically evaluate the implementation of an organisation's ethical code or value system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An organisation's code of conduct is analysed in terms of the intention of the organisation as regards behaviour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A gap analysis is conducted against the principles in the organisation's code of conduct in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between reputation and ethics is explained with reference to a specific organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop a plan to initiate or improve commitment and compliance in the implementation of a code in an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The findings of the gap analysis are used as a basis from which to develop a plan to initiate or improve commitment to the code of ethics in an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Measures to monitor the implementation and ensure regular revision of the code of practice are proposed to ensure alignment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in evaluating the implementation of an organisation's ethical code and developing a plan to initiate or improve implementation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group or organisation in conducting an ethics audit. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and evaluate information in researching international principles that underpin codes of ethics and auditing an organisation's ethics. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively when presenting the findings of his/her research and plan to improve alignment with the code in an organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use technology effectively and critically in researching international principles of a good code of ethics. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems in showing insight into the impact of legislation, regulations and codes on corporate governance and ethics in a selected business sector and by explaining the implications of triple bottom line reporting on a business. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to be culturally sensitive across a range of social contexts in analysing the impact of African value systems on codes of ethics in South Africa. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14505, "Apply the principles of ethics and professionalism to a business environment", Level 6, 6 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  80547   National Certificate: Auctioneering Practices  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  79886   National Certificate: Business Advising  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  61529   National Certificate: Loss Adjusting  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 
    Core  58759   National Certificate: Ports and Harbours  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Core  57918   National Certificate: Short Term Insurance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 
    Core  66611   National Certificate: Wealth Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  63689   Bachelor of Arts: Geographical Information Science  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Fundamental  60549   National Diploma: Aeronautical Information Management Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Fundamental  58246   Bachelor of Human Settlements Development  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Fundamental  62829   National Certificate: Law Enforcement: Sheriffing  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Fundamental  58579   National Diploma: Air Traffic Control  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Fundamental  61729   National Diploma: Policing  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58601   National Certificate: Land Transport Planning  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    7. CKP Development Agency (Pty) Ltd. 
    8. COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN 
    9. False Bay College 
    10. HJN TRAINING CC Pretoria 
    11. Invuya Institute of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Masifunde Training Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Nhlahle Development Agency 
    14. North Link College 
    15. Old Mutual Life Assurance Company South Africa 
    16. Ray Strodl Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Ripple Effect 4 (Pty) Ltd 
    18. RJM Educational Consulting PTY LTD 
    19. SA Maritime School and Transport College 
    20. Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd 
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    22. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE 
    23. South Cape College 
    24. The Institute of Health Risk Managers (Pty) Ltd 
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