“Work Culture and Ethics; the Business and Social Case”

The Work Culture and Ethics (WCE) Day is about calling the public’s attention to, and raising awareness about, the need for action in addressing WCE challenges in Uganda. The Institute of Work Culture and Ethics (IWCE), as founders of the WCE Day, have been leading the multi-sectoral (public, private and development sectors) organizing committee which currently has over 20 member institutions. The Day has been celebrated annually since 2017 and it happens on the last Thursday in July.

Each year a theme is set with the purpose of streamlining messages and efforts of participating institutions. For 2017, the theme was, ‘Ethics is Basics’. During that year a survey was carried out to establish what the Ugandan public understood by ‘ethical work culture’ and from the findings a definition was formulated. The 2018 theme was, ‘Ethical Work Culture: A Collective Effort’. Under that theme, the ‘Know your Ethical Status’ tools were designed and the Ugandan Public was encouraged to carry out self-assessments for both individuals and organizations. In 2019 the theme was, ‘Work Culture and Ethics; From Talk to Action’. Under this exciting theme 6 organizations from different sectors undertook cultural change programs to demonstrate how to move from ‘Talk to Action’. A magazine with lessons learned from the 6 organizations across 6 months of driving culture change was published. For 2020 the theme is, ‘Work Culture and Ethics; the Business and Social Case’.

The objectives of the WCE Day 2020 are:

  1. To promote ethical work practices in Uganda;
  2. To challenge the public to reflect upon the cost of unethical practices at personal, organizational and national levels; and
  3. To draw attention to the consequences of unethical practices at the workplace.

Under the theme, ‘Work Culture and Ethics; the business and Social case’, 6 areas of focus were chosen and preferred institutions have been identified to champion the justification for ethical work practices by articulating the business and social case using their experience with the stakeholders they interact with. The areas and corresponding proposed champions are:

  1. Gender issues.
  2. Business growth.
  3. Accountability for donor funds.
  4. Environment conservation.
  5. Health promotion.
  6. Youth.

The proposed champions are mostly umbrella bodies that have broad activities with a wide range of stakeholders, have nationwide operations, and have access to, and can potentially include, many other organizations within the allocated sector.  

Work Culture and Ethics Day 2020 Activities

  Activity Timing
1 Selection of Champions to demonstrate the business and social case for WCE Oct. 2019
2 On-boarding of champions and preparation for launch. Nov. – Dec. 2019
3 Research project proposal and planning of magazine project Sept. – Oct. 2019
4 Research Oct. – Nov. 2019
5 Launch Event: Research; CSRs; Symposium. Jan. 16, 2020
6 Invitation of participants for WCE Day activities (Procession; opening ceremony, Awards, exhibition; branding; dance; speakers, champion moments, closing ceremony) Jan.; May; Jul. 2020
7 Pull out for WCE Day 2020 Jan. 16 Jul. 25
8 Invitation of speakers – Gender, Business, accountability, environment and health. Jan. first contact. Feb. Confirmation
9 Promoting award ceremony and preparation of participants Mar. – Jun. 2020
10 Products: Magazine / book; Pull-out; Exhibition tents; Sector time on the program; Procession; Branding at site; Branding in key spaces; and Award ceremony. Apr. – May 2020
11 Dance choreography Dance promotion and practice Mar. 2020 Apr. – Jul. 2020
12 Work Culture and Ethics day Thursday 30th July

Responsibilities for participating Organizations:

IWCE and the Organizing Committee will be responsible for coordination, for providing technical support, and for organizing events related to the WCE Day 2020. Champions will be responsible for:

  1. Providing input into the designing of the surveys to make them inclusive and practical, but also rigorous enough to provide meaningful insights into the business and social case for WCE in the relevant sector.
  2. Support the organizing committee in resource mobilization to facilitate the research project and writing of the sector report.
  3. Providing support in the mobilization of institutions to participate in the survey – as will be agreed in the survey design.
  4. Participating in at least 4 of the listed WCE Day 2020 activities.

Benefits for Championing Organizations:

  1. Support from IWCE in driving change within the organizations across the period – January to June 2020. As part of the project IWCE will be available to work with the champions and the selected case study organizations to improve in work cultures so as to test the business and social cost of ethical work practices.
  2. Image building by taking a lead in advocating for ethical work practices at a time when it is most needed by our country. Image building will also be realized by optimizing visibility during the WCE Day event and participating in the activities from October 2019 to July 2020.
  3. Networking with organizations which have similar intentions – creating firmer alliances in the drive to improve work cultures in the sector.

Call to Action!

  1. Set up an appointment with the secretariat to discuss the concept and get more information about the opportunities that the WCE Day 2020 presents.
  2. Consider taking up the challenge of being a Champion for the allocated category.
  3. Identify and communicate a suitable project leader or leaders that will stay the course and work with the organizing committee to deliver the program. The task will take 1 to 2 hours fortnightly between October and December 2019; and 2 to 3 hours between January and March 2020.
  4. Sign an MOU with the secretariat IWCE, to formalize the relationship.


Call the secretariat to find out more:

Joan Garimoi – 0782 334 997

Bridgette Kyalimpa -0782 241 106

Send a note through info@iworkculture.com 

Norah Njuba Bwaya

Board Chair,

Institute of Work Culture and Ethics