Business Ethics Training Program
MAN 4302 - 2
Everest Uiversity Online
Cindy G. Oester
Ethics Training Program
A little history if you don't mind.
"Norman Bowie dates the birth of business ethcs as November 1974, with the first conference in business ethics, which was held at the University of Kansas, and which resulted in the first anthology used in the new courses that started popping up there after in business ethics."
(Bowie, N.E., 1986).
Some companies have always been ethical, such as Johnson & Johnson but most companies in the 1960s didn't even acknowledge any criteria into developing such structures in ethical programs but this proplen slowly started to change in this time frame, and this change became a movement and more companies begun to respond because there was a growing public pressure, media scrutiny, their own conciences, and the most important aspect of this change was legislation.
The first piece of the puzzle of legislation to jump start the new evolution to the ethic movement was The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964; the we move onward to The U.S. Occuptional
Safety and Health Act of 1970; then the 1991 U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines for
Corportions; then, Corporate Ethics Office Association in 1992, and finally The Sarbanes-Oxley
Act of 2002.
Key Concepts That Should Be Considered in the Development of the Ethics Training Program
You must have a strong concept of what is a code of ethics which simply outlives a set of fundamental principles whether it be personal or professional.
1. Honesty and ethical conduct which includes handling of conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
2. Full, fair, accurate, and timely disclosure of reports and documents that a company will submit to the Commission.
3. Compliance and applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations.
4. Prompt internal reporting of violations.
Ethics Training Program
5. Accountibility for adherence to the codes.
Elements That I Will Incorporate
I would, first-of-all, keep in mind that whatever principles are conained in my ethical training program would definitely consist of; expected understanding, internalization, and have examples in situations that are being specifically addressed within this particular company; then, once these examples have been communicated and illustrated, let the employees know that any failure of their cooperation will be chastened and for a cause of disciplinary actions will be taken.
1. Assign specigic employees to oversee the company's ethics and that these rules are being met, 2. Will have procedures set up with certain individuals that will have discretionary authority over other employees.
3. An effective communication system set in order through training and through printed and electronic materials that will be available at all times.
4. Consistently enforcing discipline of employee violations.
5. Responding promptly to any wrongdoings and remedying and programming