Ethics is not an absolute science. There are no fixed rules that determine what makes a person ethical, or unethical. Even the best employees can make questionable decisions when faced with an ethical dilemma. Although you cannot completely eliminate these ethical dilemmas, an effective ethics program does emphasize your organization’s commitment to high standards, gives employees a guideline on how to make ethical decisions and provides a protocol for reporting ethical violations.
This course discusses ethics in general, how it relates to business and provides instruction on how to assess the ethical climate of your organization to determine what changes need to be made. The course also teaches you how to write and implement an effective ethics and whistleblower policy. Finally, it examines some challenges faced after an ethics program has been implemented and provides tips to ensure the program remains successful.
Describe why good people do bad things
Perform an ethics risk assessment and an ethics audit
Identify the essential components of a formal ethics policy and a whistleblower policy
Assess the need for an executive-specific ethics policy
Formulate an effective ethics training program
Evaluate the ethics of potential employees
Incorporate ethics into the culture of an organization
Field of study: behavioral ethics
Last updated: december 2012
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Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: What Is Ethics?
Lesson 3: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?
Lesson 4: The Importance of Business Ethics
Lesson 5: Ethics Versus Compliance
Lesson 6: Conduct an Ethics Risk Assessment
Lesson 7: Mission and Core Values
Lesson 8: Write the Ethics Policy
Lesson 9: Create a Whistleblower Policy
Lesson 10: Executive-Specific Code
Lesson 11: Hire Ethical People
Lesson 12: Tone at the Top
Lesson 13: Conduct Effective Training
Lesson 14: Making an Ethical Decision
Lesson 15: Ethics as Organizational Culture
Lesson 16: Post-Implementation Challenges
Lesson 17: Conduct an Ethics Audit
Lesson 18: Why Do Ethics Programs Fail?
Lesson 19: Conclusion
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