What’s the true meaning of integrity?

30 november 2018

When you browse through most mission statements that companies post on their website, it’s not very difficult to spot that most companies (yes, including ours) include the word ‘integrity’ in their statements. Ofcourse reading such statements give the reader the impression that the company is trustworthy and honest. But if you think about it, shouldn’t integrity be a given? Why do we need to trumpet this? Nobody likes doing business with lying thieves. No sh#t Sherlock.

We often talk about integrity, but do we fully agree on what the definition actually means?

  • Integrity stems from the Latin word “integer’ which means whole and complete.
  • According to the Oxford English dictionary the definition of Integrity is: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”.

It seems that it directly refers to our values. There is no universal one-size-fits-all set of values that we can fully and undisputedly integrate in our daily life. No, rules aren’t always straightforward and tidy. Consequently, Integrity will always be subjective. Most choices we make are easy, and often habitual. Yet, every now and then you face more ethical dilemmas.

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Annemarie Muller

Director Client Relations

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