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11 Feb 2014

Pta Regional Event: Integrity & Employee Risk Profiling In the Work Environment

Begins: 11 February 2014 17:30 Ends: 11 February 2014 20:00

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EMS building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
Start Date:
11 February 2014 17:30
End Date:
11 February 2014 20:00

Integrity & Employee Risk Profiling In the Work Environment

11th February 2014

EMS building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria  

Presentation 1: “Employee Risk profiling”

One of the best ways to battle workplace theft is to know who is likely to become a thief.”                                         

Timothy S. Hefty, Forensic Accountant, US

From a South-African economic perspective, research conducted by large independent research companies consistently indicate in surveys on economic crime and associated integrity risks, that South Africa features prominently in occurrences of fraud and economic crime in the world. These surveys urge organisations to increase their vigilance with regards to risks and to implement relative controls during arduous economic times. The integrity surveys conducted by KPMG since 2008 also concluded that there is a real need for integrity in the workplace.

Fraud is often difficult to detect timeously as it takes place during normal operations and is usually conducted by persons in positions of trust. It takes place where the activities are not under scrutiny or where the fraudsters have already bypassed the normal detection mechanisms. The impact could be a single high financial loss if the crime is committed by senior personnel or lower amounts at high frequency when medium to lower level staff are involved. Syndicates could also infiltrate the public and private sector, resulting in serious financial losses as well as reputational risk. The occurrence of fraudulent actions occur when both motivation and opportunity presents itself. The motive for fraud is frequently not only material, but can be linked to a need for achievement, success and even playing with danger with the intention of beating the system and not getting caught. Due to problems in the judicial system the chances of getting caught as well as the legal process thereafter makes it worth the risk for the perpetrators as there are often minor to no consequences. 

The corporate environment relies heavily on advanced technology and procedures, which unintentionally creates opportunities for the fraudster to bypass sophisticated systems. On the other hand the public sector is currently plagued by cadre deployment, lack of effective controls and it is therefore just as prone to fraud, corruption and theft.  To address some findings in the workplace, this presentation will endeavour to identify quintessential characteristics and the profiling of a fraudster in the workplace. The focus will be specifically from a preventative perspective and not a reactive one and the pro-active role the HR practitioner can play.


Presentation 2: “Employee Moral Degeneration”

Personal integrity has eternal value whilst the lack thereof has eternal consequences – the latter should simply not be worth the risk, yet too many employees seem to be willing to take the risk with the associated consequences – consequences of criminal prosecution with the possibility of imprisonment.

The reality is, based on research, that in the typical workforce, a considerable number of employees are prone to dishonesty and will actively seek out ways to cause losses and create liabilities. Then there is the dark side of human behaviour, where a person does not set out to be dishonest, but may transgress when the opportunity arises. These include employees who take company stationary home for their school-going children.

During the presentation Carol will reflect on some real case examples of ethical transgressions experienced by one financial institution in South Africa, some of which will clearly be linked to psychopathy and/or psychopathology. Carol’s stance is also that vetting employees through background checks or psychometric profiling is important, but certainly not fool proof.


About your presenters

Erna Penning:  Erna is the founder of iPAC after having established Integra in 1998 which company provided similar services. Erna therefore has a wealth of experience in human risk profiling and management. Having initially established Integra in 1998, she remained responsible to drive the image of the brand to ensure its relevance in an ever changing and highly competitive environment. Over this time, she has successfully overseen the evolution of the company to what is known today as iPAC.

Mariette Barends:  During her career Mariette has been focussing on risk in a variety of forms.  First in the SANDF and later heading up the department for Security, Business Continuity and Health & Safety at Absa.      Under Mariette’s leadership Absa implemented the process of integrity assessments as part of their pre-employment strategy. She proved that physical security is not sufficient to mitigate risk in the work environment.  Mariette joined iPAC in 2009 and contributes to iPAC being one of the leaders in the field of employee risk profiling in the work environment.  

Carol Hardijzer: He has been employed in the First Rand Group since February 1981 where he started his career as a computer operator with the then Barclays Bank in Pretoria. Carol holds an M.Com degree (UNISA) and is a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He is also registered as a Master Human Resources Practitioner (MHRP) with the South African Board of People Practices (SABPP) in which he has been appointed as a mentor. Carol also contributed to the Wellness stream of the recent HR standards initiative facilitated by the SABPP. Carol’s key skills and interest reside in the broader spectrum of people management including Coaching, Counselling, Conflict resolution, Forensic Psychology and Employee/Industrial Relations. He has also written and published various People Management related articles and also contributed to the book “Wisdom from HR mentors”, published by Knowledge Resources.  

WHY should you attend?

The two presentations will emphasise the importance of integrity in mitigating corruption, fraud and theft in the work environment and the damage it can cause if there is a lack thereof.  Both the private and public sectors have to take accountability for integrity in the workplace to ensure that we all contribute to a better South Africa.

The two presentations will emphasise the importance of integrity in mitigating corruption, fraud and theft in the work environment and the damage it can cause if there is a lack thereof.  Both the private and public sectors have to take accountability for integrity in the workplace to ensure that we all contribute to a better South Africa.

SIOPSA Pretoria Regional Branch invites you to an opportunity

to LEARN and NETWORK with fellow Professionals at our next exciting event...


Integrity & Employee Risk Profiling In the Work Environment

with Mariette Barends, Erna Penning & Carol Hardijzer


For more information please go to the SIOPSA website at


Attendees will also receive two CPD point when attending this workshop

2 CEU’s will be allocated for this workshop
Date: 11 February 2014
Venue: EMS Building, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus
Agenda: 17:30 - 18:00 Registration

18:00 – 19:00

19:00 – 19:15

Presentation 1

Short Break (refreshments)


19:15 – 19:45

19:45 – 20:00

Presentation 2

Q & A (panel discussion)




To cover costs we need to charge a nominal fee

SIOPSA members                                                                              R   135.00

Non-SIOPSA members                                                                      R   220.00

SIOPSA Student                                                                                 R     85.00



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Space is limited so please secure your place before the 7th February 2014




Your invoice will be generated from the SIOPSA website, EFT and credit card payments facilities are available. Your registration will only be confirmed on proof of payment.  Delegates that arrive on the evening without proof of payment or booking, will be expected to complete a registration form and sign the signature list.


*** No shows will not be refunded and please take note of our 72 hour cancellation policy***




We look forward to seeing you soon!


The Pretoria Branch                      SIOPSA

Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa


tel:     0860 SIOPSA (746 772)
fax:    086 558 4097


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