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Quarterly Ethics Review

Quarterly Ethics Review is a roundup of the previous quarter's newsworthy stories about corporate and business ethics. It is moderated by the Institute's Director, Dan Sweeney, and features a panel of three Daniels College of Business faculty. This lively discussion offers unique insights on the issues facing businesses and business people through a lens of ethics and fair play.

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2015 IEE Annual Report

2015 Institute For Enterprise Ethics Annual Report
It has been an exciting and productive time at the Institute for Enterprise Ethics. The 2015 Annual Report contains fiscal year 2014-15 highlights such as Elevate Ethics, the launch of Quarterly Ethics Review and numerous informative events.

We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters alike for another year of being on the vanguard of bringing the discussion of ethics and corporate responsibility to the forefront of business in America.

Click here to access the 2015 Annual Report.

Open Letter to Volkswagon

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | VW Diesel Fraud

Dear VW: 

You will not regain the trust of your customers by offering to sell them another new VW with a couple of hundred dollar discount.  They can get that anywhere.

You will establish your integrity only by compensating them for the loss in value of their vehicle due to the fraud you perpetrated on them, by selling them an automobile you knew was not what they thought they were buying – about $1,700 per vehicle according to Kelley Blue Book. Cash will be preferred.


What's New

Amazon's "Intense" Working Culture

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | Comment on Amazon's Culture
"It's the greatest place I hate to work." That's how one former Amazon employee described his employer in a New York Times article on the Amazon's culture. An oft-repeated line from Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO, calls the Amazon's culture “friendly and intense, but if push comes to shove we’ll settle for intense.”

In a follow-up NYT article based on thousands of comments on the original piece some writers "defended the culture as highly demanding but humane, while others described feeling pummeled by unrelenting demands and a feeling they could never meet the standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.”

So, what do you think Amazon really is: “a soulless, dystopian workplace where no fun is had and no laughter heard,” as Mr. Bezos accused the Times of describing the company? Or “an incredibly compelling place to work,” as Jay Carney described Amazon to CBS This Morning?

What is CSR Business Strategy?

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | David Chandler

Professor David Chandler, Associate Professor at Colorado University at Denver was interviewed recently on this topic by Marc de Sousa-Shields who runs the CSR consultancy, ES Global Consulting for the blog The Sustainable Century.

Dr. Chandler will lead a roundtable discussion for the Institute on March 10, 2016 on “The Sustainability of an Economically Unbalanced Society” on. This podcast will give you an idea of what to expect in March.

Institutional Vs. Individual Ethics

Institutional Vs. Individual Ethics

The typical perception of power and unethical behavior is the powerful person forcing his or her wishes on the powerless minions against their will. Recent research by Professor Jessica Kennedy of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate school of Management and reported in Strategy+Business suggests that it may in fact be just the opposite.

Her research and the research of others have found that high ranking individuals tend to identify more strongly with the group and are therefore more likely to go along with the group’s recommendation even if that recommendation suggest actions that are unethical. It may not be “tone at the top” but “tone at the middle” that actually carries the day.

Hooray for Gary Pinkel

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | Coach Pinkel

Coach Pinkel, Mizzou Football Coach, made the right decision when he stood tall with his players refusing to play football or even practice until the president of the university resigned in support of a student rebellion due to unresolved racial issues on campus.

The coach took this stand in direct opposition to his bosses: the Athletic Director, the University President and the University Chancellor, all of whom have resigned. He clearly and courageously declared his loyalty to his players and not to those who paid his salary. Hooray for him!

Can Bankers (Be Made to) Behave?
Business Ethics | Can Bankers Behave?

William D. Cohan, author of House Cards and Money and Power and contributor to many major periodicals on topics of finance and Wall Street wrote a powerful piece in the May 2015 edition of The Atlantic magazine addressing just this question – “Can bankers Behave?” His answer appears to be yes, but it’s not likely. Cohan asks if “Wall Street’s deepest flaws (might) be cultural, promulgated over generations by leaders who have chosen to reward those who cut corners, stab colleagues in the back and engage in otherwise unethical behavior?”.

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About the Institute

The Institute for Enterprise Ethics was established at the Daniel's College of Business as the vehicle to extend the College’s expertise and resources in business ethics to the practitioner community of executives, officers and directors of commercial and social enterprises in the region.

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