How to Build an Effective Ethics Program (Online Self-Study)


Ethics Program

CPE Credit: 3
Course Level: Basic
Prerequisite: None

Description:

An effective ethics program emphasizes 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.

In this course, you will learn how to create and implement an effective ethics program, examine challenges that may arise after implementation and take steps to ensure the program remains successful.

Key Takeaways:

How to assess your organization’s ethical climate

Best practices for developing and implementing an effective ethics program

Tips to ensure your ethics program remains successful


This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit ACFE.com/EthicsCPE.


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Table of Contents:

Lesson 1: What Is Ethics?

Lesson 2: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?

Lesson 3: The Importance of Business Ethics

Lesson 4: Ethics Versus Compliance

Lesson 5: Conduct an Ethics Risk Assessment

Lesson 6: Mission and Core Values

Lesson 7: Write the Ethics Policy

Lesson 8: Create a Whistleblower Policy

Lesson 9: Executive-Specific Code

Lesson 10: Hire Ethical People

Lesson 11: Tone at the Top

Lesson 12: Conduct Effective Training

Lesson 13: Making an Ethical Decision

Lesson 14: Ethics as Organizational Culture

Lesson 15: Post-Implementation Challenges

Lesson 16: Conduct an Ethics Audit

Lesson 17: Why Do Ethics Programs Fail?

Lesson 18: Conclusion

CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

Identify why good people do bad things

Identify the essential components of an ethics and whistleblower policy

Determine best practices to use for developing and implementing an effective ethics training program

Examine the impact of ethics on employees and the culture of an organization


Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

Last updated: December 2016

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.

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System requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

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