WORTH READING: Cultural Change Urged at USA Gymnastics

July 10, 2017 by SCCE SUMMARY: Last fall, USA Gymnastics engaged Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct a full review of the well-being of athletes — particularly in terms of sexual abuse complaints against children. Daniels conducted 100-page report of the misconduct, which has been released to the public, concluded that the USA Gymnastics organization needs a complete cultural shift …

In The News: Former Penn State President Spanier gets jail time in Sandusky case

This grossly under-reported story should alarm top executives of all organizations. Though the sentences were relatively short  — two months in jail plus another two under house arrest — the fact that former President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Sr. VP for Finance Gary Schultz will actually be imprisoned for failing to properly address allegations that ass’t football …

Pressure is No Excuse

“Pressure is no excuse for cheating, but it i frequent cause. Responsible management needs to take into account the propensity of employees to tell them what they want to hear.

Business Case #6: Silver-Plating and Cyanide

The G.R. Bronson Company is a large publicly-owned conglomerate whose holdings are primarily in the retail sale of jewelry. Several years ago, it purchased for $10 million a plant that puts silver and gold plate on jewelry.  The seller, Hedda Wilson, stayed on to manage the company until last year. Behind the plating facility there are three underground tanks.  One …

Three Sources of Moral Obligations: The Root of Business Ethics

Updated December 13, 2017 Duty: The Root of Ethics A duty is an obligation to act in a certain way. Though duties arise from various sources, all duties have a moral dimension. Duties create obligations and expectations. Companies, for example,  have many duties including an obligation to treat customers and employees fairly, to assure that their products and services are …

Role of the Ethics Officer

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics posted a series of videos with Linda Trevino, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics at Smeal College of Business, on their YouTube channel.  The videos cover topics such as: the intersection between CSR and ethics programs,  teaching business ethics, cheating in business schools, values-based vs. compliance-based ethics programs and dozens more.  The videos …