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As an educator prior to my transition into the risk mitigation field, an emphasis on ethical standards has never been far removed from my professional protocol. When updating with friends and family, I was surprised to sometimes encounter a different response than I had upon becoming a teacher. Assuredness of my ethical piety, and that of all educators—who, after all, never went out at night or made mistakes in their youth—was replaced with some questionable looks. Though much of these instances involved those who were unfamiliar with risk mitigation, there were some consistent sentiments upon delineating the nature of the industry in which I now worked:

“That’s kinda messed up isn’t it? Spying on people and waiting for them to make a ‘mistake’, one that is going to lose them money… Do you ever feel bad about what you do?”

However, I was quickly able to speak to the contrary. Even my short exposure in this field has allowed me to understand that there are few things more ethically and morally sound than what I do at Ethos Risk Services.

A system that allows for compensation and security in moments of injury, disaster, and all forms of tragedy is a remarkable one in the scope of our historical development. However utopic this may seem upon a cursory glance, anyone within the risk mitigation industry is all too aware of the propensity people can have towards corruption, exploitation, and theft in the guise of those for whom this system was established. Our business is rendered from this inherent dichotomy, and requires a scrupulous attention to ethical analysis.

While working with Ethos, I have recognized from the first day of employment that a blanketed attitude of objectivity is assumed for each case and claimant scenario. Though some of the claimants on whom we conduct surveillance expose their ruse quickly enough—tossing a walker lithely into the trunk after barely being able to scoot it across the parking lot—the treatment of our observations are consistent. As a third party, companies such as Ethos are able to operate as an ethical medium between two parties of interest, and assist in deducing the legitimacy of each claim individually. Without the intervention of parties such as Ethos, the possibility for fraudulent compensations would become an even harsher reality, and could cripple the opportunities that such a system empowers.

The process of investigative research and the layered efforts of corroborating the objective facts of various scenarios has truly impressed me since I have come on board. Each report for which information is collected, drafted, edited, and finalized passes before the eyes of many before being sent “out the door,” ensuring that legally and ethically sound methodology has been executed and recorded. Allowing a team of professionals to engage with the content of each report displays the emphasis Ethos puts on the authenticity and appropriateness of each investigative proceeding, benefitting all constituents of the issue with, simply, the truth.

The system of accountability that the risk mitigation industry facilitates is something of which I have become immensely proud as an employee of Ethos Risk Services. Though it is very different from the development of young minds, the goals are surprisingly similar. There is importance in investing in the future, as well as preserving it from exploitation when possible. Indeed, what good is a polished apple when there’s a worm inside?