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.
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
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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