Business Ethics and Social Responsibilities

Learning Method: Instructor-led Classroom Learning Duration: Half Day


Overview:

This course, taught by an attorney with vast experience working in corporations’ legal departments, explores ethical questions confronted by businesses and individuals in today’s complex working environment. Attendees will contemplate recent cases, real world scenarios (Enron, Martha Stewart and others), news stories and common ethical dilemmas. Emphasis will be placed upon employees’ responsibilities to a wide variety of people, including co-workers, customers and the general public.

Who Should Attend:

Business owners, executives, managers, supervisors and anyone else who transacts business of any kind.

At Course Completion:

Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will understand why ethical behavior requires more than simply complying with the law and how unethical behavior can significantly impact a workplace. Participants will be able to recognize what is right and what is wrong in specific business settings, so they can keep businesses out of the news and avoid being the next example used in ethics and social responsibilities training courses.


Prerequisite(s) or equivalent knowledge: None


COURSE OUTLINE:

PART I:  INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE 

  • Why Business Ethics is Important and Its Impact on Others
  • Definitions
  • Discuss the Importance of Thinking Before Acting
  • Frameworks for Ethical Decision-Making

PART II:  PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN REAL WORLD SCENARIOS 

  • Gifts and Entertainment
  • Ethical Advertising
  • Bluffing
  • Business Records, Trade Secrets and Information Security
  • Appropriate Uses of Email and the Internet
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Bribery and Kickbacks
  • Insider Trading
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Other Activities

PART III:  REPORTING ETHICAL CONCERNS  

  • Proper Reporting of Ethical Violations
  • Understanding the Rewards for Speaking Up
  • Cooperating With Investigators
  • Importance of Disciplinary Procedures
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