Who we are and why integrity matters.

Integrity as internal compass and critical success factor for organizations

Our PURPOSE is to make the world a place of integrity

Migratory birds have an extraordinary internal compass that enables them to freely navigate entire continents. Similarly, individuals and organizations possess an inner compass – in this case: Integrity. Integrity means acting and behaving based on ethical principles and values.
Migratory birds typically fly in swarms. The lead birds, that can be found at the tip of the swarm demonstrate the greatest strength and experience. The role of leadership is fundamental.

Integrity is increasingly becoming a critical success factor for organizations and functions as a dual lever for companies: On one hand, it increases company value, on the other hand, it diminishes the liability to sanctions and mitigates personal liability.

Every company wants to secure its profitability. Therefore, it is essential to avoid penalties and minimize risk provisions. Integrity is a profit protector. Furthermore, efforts to strengthen integrity within the company also minimize the top management’s personal liability risk in the event of a loss: Integrity is a safety belt for management.

At the same time, the value of a company is increased, as investors focus more and more on ethical and value-based management (impact investing). Thus, integrity becomes a value driver. Integrity also attracts talents in the labor market, and binds employees and customers to the company in the long term. Integrity is a people inspirer.

Integrity is a universal value in the business world. By making integrity measurable, we want to make a significant contribution to business. Only what is measured can be managed. This is where we come in.

Integrity has an important effect on the fulfillment of ESG-criteria

The fulfillment of the ESG criteria is a relevant driver of share price, creditworthiness, sales, productivity and, thus, of the total value of a company. Our globally unique measurement tool, the Integrity Index®, takes these ESG criteria significantly into account.

The term "ESG" describes three areas of corporate responsibility relevant to sustainability:

  • "E" for Environment stands for greenhouse gas emissions, environmental pollution, resource conservation or energy efficiency, etc.
  • "S" for Social includes aspects such as employee rights, remuneration, occupational health and safety, diversity, corporate social responsibility, etc.
  • "G" for Governance covers topics such as risk and compliance management, sustainability management, standards for business partners, etc.


The GOII is an independent, scientific-based institute

Our institute evaluates and certifies integrity, and, if necessary, provides support with the subsequent improvement process. Both global and cross-industry benchmarking is possible, as is gaining an overview of best practices. We have successfully piloted our measuring instruments at the largest company in Europe: the Volkswagen Group in both the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi brands.

Who is the GOII and what makes our approach unique?

“We are convinced that every organization needs a strong inner compass, i.e. integrity, to be successful. Therefore, we want to help organizations understand and strengthen their inner compass. We want to achieve this by making the global corporate value of integrity tangible and measurable.”

Anastasia Kieliszek,
Integrity Advisor at the GOII

Our vision. We…

  • provide methods and procedures to organizations that wish to give weight to the issue of corporate integrity, both internally and externally.
  • support organizations in setting up and managing highly effective integrity programs.
  • enable companies worldwide to measure, compare, and systematically improve their integrity.
  • evaluate the financial impact of integrity investments.
  • contribute to a greater understanding of organizational integrity and its importance in the public’s perception.

Our values define us: We live integrity…

  1. clear: what is not measured cannot be managed. What is not recognized cannot be changed.
  2. bold: we take innovative approaches and do not hesitate to speak uncomfortable truths.
  3. open: we love the diversity of ideas and the competition of hypotheses and live it every day.
  4. trusted: we value the trust of our customers; we are discreet and keep our word.

The GOII is a subsidiary of the renowned transformation consultancy cetacea.

Our Managing Directors

Dr. Katja Nagel
Founder and Managing Director

Through her many years of experience in consulting in integrity and compliance, Katja Nagel is the founder and managing director of the Global Organizational Integrity Institute. Before having founded the GOII, she established and managed the transformation management consultancy cetacea, established in 2006. Prior to her career in consulting, she studied Business Administration, was awarded her Ph.D., and held management positions at Siemens, T-Systems, and O2. As an expert in corporate strategy, development, culture, and communication, she was involved in and responsible for numerous strategic changes. As a consultant and top manager, she has extensive experience in working with CEOs and Board members. Over the last 3 years, she has worked intensively with the Volkswagen Group. Katja Nagel is also a lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, the Munich University of Applied Sciences, and the author of six specialist books. Her strong business and academic background equip her with the necessary experience and competence to support companies in managing, measuring and improving their organizational integrity.

Katja Nagel’s specialist literature publications include:

  • 2013: CEO-Kommunikation als machtvolles Instrument zur Unternehmensführung. 
  • 2013: Anspruch und Wirklichkeit der Projektkommunikation – Eine empirische Studie unter Projektmanagern
  • 2012: Professionelle Projektkommunikation. Mit sechs Fallbeispielen aus unterschiedlichen Branchen.
  • 2011: Employer Branding – Starke Arbeitgebermarken jenseits von Marketingphrasen und Werbetechniken.
  • 2010: Ausnahmefall. Unternehmenskommunikation in Sondersituationen.
  • 2005: Gegen alle Regeln. Change-Management live – Was wir vom Turnaround von O2 lernen können.



Rudolf Rieder
Managing Director

Rudolf Rieder is Managing Director of GOII and has over 40 years of professional experience in Germany and abroad, including over 10 years as COO/CFO at Siemens Management Consulting.
As COO, he is responsible for all internal functional areas at GOII, including Finance, Controlling & Reporting, HR and IT.
Rudolf Rieder holds a degree in Business Administration (University of Applied Sciences) and completed an Executive MBA program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston as a "Change Agent".
In addition, he is the Managing Director of the Active-Help Children's Fund Foundation, which has been supporting disadvantaged children and young people through active projects and monetary donations for more than 20 years.

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