MEMO: To Congress Business ethics is one of the greatest issues in the United States that accompanies a very large area of grey zones and questions. The government and individuals have been concerned and trying to implement the correct policies to better business ethics. In the early 2000’s the Enron company became of the of the biggest business ethics scandals ever seen. This huge case brought in many ideas to reform business ethics, though we still see many problems in todays economy. There is no one policy with one quick change that will fix ethics but there is reform to corporate ethics in America that will help. To understand better the changes that need to be made to business ethics it is important that everyone knows exactly what business ethics is. It all starts with the simple definition of ethics; ethics is in business and in life. Ethics is “the study of what constitutes right and wrong behavior” (Cross and Miller, pg.76). Starting as children we are taught the differences of right and wrong behavior. As we become more educated and can impose more power in our lives the differences between right and wrong become even more important as they can impact the lives of others. The majority of people choose to take the right path but some who have power take the wrong path mostly for personal gain. As we have seen in the Enron case the leaders of the company gained a great deal of money because of their bad ethics. Due to the fact that their right and wrong behavior was in the business world that makes theirs bad business ethics. Business ethics is important because it does not only affect the people who made the decisions but it can affect a large amount of people. Enron’s case places executives behind bars for their bad choices but it really hurt the company employees the most. The company had to file bankruptcy and thousands of people lost their jobs. It was these losses and bad business ethics that constituted a strong interest in reform of corporate ethics. Quickly after the Enron case the government and many companies that decided they needed to look in creating better business ethics. Many major companies choose to create ethical codes of conduct. These codes of conducts are great in creating a business environment with correct ethical guidelines for all employees. Along with the ethical code of conduct many companies all created training programs to teach employees ethical conduct. Most of these training programs involve face-to-face meetings with managers and company employees. Of the changes to business ethics after the Enron case was the creation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which “requires companies to set up confidential systems so that employees and others can “raise red flags” about suspected illegal or unethical auditing and accounting practices” (Cross and Miller, pg.81). This act gives individuals more power to speak out against bad business practices with less fear for losing their job. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was a major step forward to protecting people from corrupt business ethics. Even with this policy and the movement forward there is still many problems being seen in corporate America. These problems that are still being seen raise the importance of reform. It is important to have better ethics in business for many different reasons. The main reason is seen in business and in life, solid ethics builds long lasting relationships. Would you or someone you know want to become friends with a person that you know makes unethical decisions, my guess is no. So why would any person in business want to work with a company they know has participated in bad business ethics? They most likely would not do so, unless misguided into the working relationship and even then they would probably be out as fast as they got in. When companies normally find themselves with ethical problems it is because they are looking for quick profits that make the company look good right now.…
Chapter 12 – The Congress
A. The Functions of Congress
a. Individuals tend to hold a low approval rating for Congress as a whole but hold a much greater satisfaction for individual members
i. Members of Congress spend time & effort serving their constituents, if the federal government makes a mistake then the members of Congress attempt to resolve the issue for their constituents →
1. They spend considerable time and effort developing what is called a “homestyle” to gain the trust and appreciation…
To: Ms. O’Connor.
From: Dhara Patel.
Date: October 1, 2013.
Subject: Parker Hannifin Memo.
This memo here is about the Parker Hannifin field trip, where several employees of the company came down to talk about their job and their day to day work. The employees belonged to several departments related to IT. After the trip and getting a little more information about the company and its employees, I present you some of the highlights of the companies various departments.
geographical shift from the Midwest to the Southeast, Southwest and California which was known as the Sunbelt.
The 97th Congress was a Democratic-controlled House, led by Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, and a Senate held by Republicans who for the first time since 1953, controlled a chamber of Congress. For six out of his eight years, Reagan had to work with a divided Congress and yet he is considered a very successful president in terms of his legislation. Reagan saw it was important to develop an…
Presidency in Modern Politics
It has come to the attention of the nation and countries all over the world that the presidential administration has implemented and used drones strikes as a measure to counter terrorism and protect our nation. While this may be a tool important that the military utilizes for national security, the president should act cautiously going forward as this use of prerogative power could become dangerous as more Americans…
study of gorillas
On June 12, 1776, a day after appointing a committee to prepare a draft of the Declaration of Independence, the Second Continental Congress resolved to appoint a committee of 13 to prepare a draft of a constitution for a union of the states. The committee met repeatedly, and chairman John Dickinson presented their results to the Congress on July 12, 1776. There were long debates on such issues as sovereignty, the exact powers to be given the confederate government, whether to have…
The United States Government is made up of three parts, the Judicial branch, the Executive branch and the Legislative branch. The legislative branch is what is known as congress. The responsibilities of congress are as follows:
• To lay and collect taxes, duties, imports, and excises
• To borrow money
• To regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the states
• To establish rules for naturalization and bankruptcy
• To coin money
• To fix the standard of weights and measures
• To establish…
The Peace Settlement of the Congress of Vienna
The Congress of Vienna, which consisted of the five great European powers Britain, France, Austria, Russia, and Prussia, met from September of 1814 until June of 1815. The major people, led primarily by Klemens von Metternich, who took part in the Congress were Castlereagh, Maurice de Talleyrand, Fredrick William III, and Alexander I. The strategy of this anti-nationalistic congress was to restore social and political order in Europe through establishing…
Legislative Branch - Chpts 5, 6, 7
Chapter Five – The Organization of Congress
Section 1 – Congressional Membership
1. The United States Congress has two chambers—the House of Representatives and the Senate.
a. Each Congress meets for one two-year term divided into two one-year sessions.
b. Representatives serve two year terms; Senators serve six-year terms.
c. The 100 Senators are elected by all the voters in their state.
concepts and information provided in my “Police Administration” textbook about the department. I ask you to consider the question “Is the feeling of heightened security worth the risk of eroding our individual Constitutional rights and freedoms?” In this memo, I will provide my opinions to you, the President of the United States of America, on how this Criminal Justice Agency is structured and whether or not it is effectively managed.
In order to properly address the Department of Homeland security…
Learning Team B: Kathryn Alvino, Nadia Ge, Delores Jones, Wanda Soderberg-Beck
University of Phoenix
This paper is being submitted on January 30, 2015, for Dr. Kale Kruger’s HCS/514 Managing in Today’s Health Care Organizations course.
TO: All Employees
FROM: Management Team
DATE: January 30, 2015
SUBJECT: Healthcare International Organization Merger…