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Elevate Ethics | May 5, 2015

We have reached capacity in The Reiman Theater for this year's Elevate Ethics event. If you would still like to view the event, it will be available as a live stream on the Internet.

Streaming will begin just prior to the event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. MDT. To view the Live stream, please click here.


Should Corporations Have Explicit Human Rights Policies?

Human Rights Discussion

On Thursday, March 12, The Institute for Enterprise Ethics and Level 3 Communications hosted a roundtable discussion on this question for a group of 23 participants. Here is a very brief summary of the resulting lively and passionate discussion. The discussion was led by Professor Jack Donnelly, the Andrew Mellon Professor and John Evans Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. During the discussion, many additional questions were brought up and discussed with passion and enthusiasm.

Click here to read a complete summary.

Two More Examples of Business and Social Progress Coming Together

Socail Responsibity in Business

Recently, the Gates Foundation started using a traditional business approach to guiding the development of important vaccines by small poorly funded pharmaceutical companies by making direct equity investments rather than providing research grants. Also KKR Founder George Roberts is funding a not-for-profit enterprise that provides training and entry level jobs for the chronically unemployed


What's New

The Sony Decision
Institute for Enterprise Ethics | SONY Decision
The Sony Corporation has been criticized, vilified and disparaged for their decision to cancel the release of their film The Interview in the face of threats from North Korea. Then they changed their mind and allowed it to open in a couple of hundred independent theaters. My opinion is that they were right to cancel the theater release in the first place and wrong to renege on that decision.

To find out why, click here.

Leadership, Morality and Accountability

Enterprise Ethics

Two different perspectives on accountability arrived on my screen recently, from two good friends, great colleagues and very keen thinkers. One perspective used accountability as a prime dimension of leadership, arguing becoming an effective leader requires accepting accountability for results well beyond one’s own level of comfort.

The other perspective dealt with the proposition that corporations could be held morally accountable not because they have a soul, but because they have a culture and that culture should drive ethical behavior. It seems to me these two perspectives are very complementary.

Click here and see what you think.
GM and the High Price of Cultural Neglect

Enterprise Ethics | GM ScandalWhy did the problem of a faulty ignition switch languish in some small backwater of the GM bureaucracy for more than a decade?

Well, there appear to be several reasons the company decided to produce and sell a product to that the decision makers knew was defective, did not meet the company’s own specifications and would not consistently operate the way it was supposed to.

To read more click here.

Strategic Partners

NetImpact's mission is tNetImpact | University of Denvero cultivate a community of Daniel's College of Business students and professionals dedicated to using business as a platform for creating positive social, environmental, and financial impact.

Strategic Partners

National Association of Corporate Directors | Colorado Chapter

The vision of the National Association of Corporate Directors is to develop the best educated directors with a focus on skills, ethics and leadership.  Their mission is to provide real learning and quality networking for directors and board engaged “C” suite officers and to be the voice for the director.


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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