Sustainability chief says NGOs close to Enron-style affairs

A number of western NGOs have come "very close" to an Enron-style accounting scandal, according to the founder of business consultancy Sustainability.

John Elkington suggested that the non-profit sector was as susceptible as the private sector to financial corruption in a lecture last week in Oxford, organised by the Environmental Change Institute.

"There have been a number of NGOs that have got very close to it and it's remarkable that it hasn't yet got into the media," he said.

Dr Paul Jepson, programme leader of the Conservation Practice Programme at the Environmental Change Institute added: "Auditing and performance standards are poorly developed, so questionable practices are widespread.

NGOs should act to guard its key asset - public trust - by requiring greater accountability."

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