Arthur Andersen had served as Enron’s outside auditor since 1985. Arthur Andersen contributed to the Enron scandal in a couple of aspects. Firstly, facing the false financial condition, they never revealed it to another source. Secondly, they provided Enron with auditing and consulting services all at the same time, disobeying accounting and auditing standards because there were conflicts of interests among these services. In addition to the conflict of responsibilities, Enron’s top executives had close personal relationships with Arthur Andersen’s employees, which present a conflict of interest. Also, they shredded many papers and documents of Enron after Enron’s scandal was revealed, which could have revealed more of Enron’s wrongdoings.
Enron’s culture contributed much to the ethical scandal throughout the company. Enron was a harsh and arrogant company, who highlighted competition and financial goals, not goals that were to necessarily better the company. For example, in the film it had a rating system which required that 20