In the past several years, complaints of unethical behavior--whether coming through hotlines or elsewhere--have anecdotally been decreasing in many companies. Could it be that ethical conduct in the corporate world has reached a high point against the backdrop of the recession? That would seem too naive an interpretation of this information.
Ethics compliance programs had already been established before the start of the recession, with many companies starting them in the years following Sarbanes-Oxley. During the recession, when corporate resources were stretched, ethics programs were not eliminated; rather, they lost the focus that companies previously gave them.