Formal Ethics Case Study

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1. Is Formal Ethics Training in Organizations Merely Cosmetic?
I disagree that Formal Ethics Training in Organizations is merely cosmetic. Formal Ethics Training is used in organization to communicate the standards and procedures of the organization, as well as other key factors of the ethics and compliance programs. (D. E. Warren, J.P. Gasper & W.S. Laufer 2014).
However, does it really mean that Formal Ethics Training is merely cosmetic, which means it just improved the image of the Organization as defined by Oxford Dictionary (n.d) or did it help to improve the ethical behavior of the employee in the Organization?
The scope of this essay I will be discussing on Is Formal Ethics Training in Organizations Merely Cosmetic or not and other factors
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