MORAL COURAGE

MORAL COURAGE RECOGNITION PROGRAM

OUTA’s Moral Courage Recognition program, is structured to give recognition for the active citizenry that resides within people who have been authentic in taking a morally courageous stand on matters of wrongful conduct, be it in the corporate or public sector workplace. We believe that recognition of moral courage is just one important element in the value chain of speaking truth to power and doing what is right.


Morality is defined as the standards and values by which we differentiate between what is right and wrong, or what is good or bad. Morality is thus synonymous with integrity and the quest for justice. 

Courage is the ability to do something without fear. Courage is therefore the capability to be brave enough to stand by what you believe in, despite the negative consequences.

Moral Courage is defined as the ability to act and do the right thing, despite the fear of adverse consequences and opposition to oneself. Moral courage requires honesty and making a tough decision to display or action of disapproval against those who transgress universal / constitutional values, rules or just societal laws. Moral courage in the case of this program managed by OUTA, incorporates civil courage and whistleblowing. But it goes beyond that and includes speaking truth to power and calling out unethical behaviour or exposing injustices and illegal conduct. Moral courage is often the ingredient that challenges inappropriate and unethical behavior and results in civil action and the quest for accountability.

OUTA’s Moral Courage Recognition program follows a formal input, vetting, approval and acknowledgement process, which includes the provision of a  certificate from the CEO of OUTA, as well as (if agreed to by the recipient), sharing their story on OUTA’s social media platforms. 

While recognition does not necessarily change one’s position and situation, we believe it is an important matter in the life of courageous people (individuals in business, civil society, government, or academia), who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to stand up for social justice, or challenged wrongdoing, by taking a stand, often in the face of opposition and outright unjustified retaliation.

The Objective of the OUTA’s Moral Courage Recognition Certificate 

To introduce and highlight the concept of moral courage across the country.
To identify and honour persons in government, business and civil society who exemplify moral courage, despite the hardships and threats that exist to close them down.
To acknowledge individual commitment towards speaking out and in doing so, protect the rights of society at large, from the abuse of power. 
To promote the importance of being morally courageous.
To provide information on how to deal with ethical challenges.
To recognize ethical conduct and promote ethical leadership.
To promote understanding of the risks and how to exercise caution in challenging wrongdoing and speaking truth to power.

If you know of someone who you believe deserves recognition for their morally courageous conduct, and who meets all the criteria above, please nominate them by filling out the form in the “Nominate Someone Here” tab below. If the nomination meets the requirements of the program, we will follow a formal process to ensure the recipient is happy to receive this recognition, along with other formalities that will cover the various levels of exposure that our recognition program entails.

Applications can be sent to moralcourage@outa.co.za

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